Recently, The Werewolves Versus Vampires Anthology, to be published by Static Movement, accepted my short story, A Problem with Werewolves, for inclusion in the anthology. This is the second publication for this short story. After the rights revoke back to me, I will sell this short story on Amazon and Mashwords. When I wrote the short story a number of years ago, I never thought that I might be able to sell directly to readers on the Internet.
A decade ago, the words "Self Published" had a negative connotation and generally meant that the author was unable to get his or her novel published in the established manner. The world of publishing has changed since then, particularly in the last few years. Self-publication in the digital world has become a viable and acceptable alternative to publication by the small, medium, and large publishing houses. Two years ago, when my novel Unholy Embrace, was being readied for publication as a soft cover novel, putting it on Amazon Kindle was a secondary consideration. Now, many authors go directly to the digital world of publishing and do not concern themselves with agents of publishing houses.
Authors are able to earn money solely based on Internet sales. On occasion, a publishing house will buy the story and put it into print in the paper world. The ability of authors to sell their short stories and novels in the digital world has significant implications for everybody who writes. The amount of money to purchase short stories and novels is not infinite. All of the selling on the Internet is competing for money that would have been spent on a hardcover or soft cover edition.\
In the new digital world of publishing, cross to create a novel are minimal and a company like Smshwords is able to take a Microsoft Word Document and produce digital versions for Kindle, EPUB, PDF, or MOBI files. This is important because the different internet marketplaces have their own requirements. Consumers also have preferences about what format they want to read. Amazon may well be on its way to becoming the 600 pound gorilla, but the in the end the author will continue to gain traction at the expense of the old model. In fact, Amazon will participate in the success of individual self-published authors.