Is this the new criteria for being an official published author? My book is now on Amazon. Some would say this is simply another sales channel. After all, Random House and others also have books all over Amazon. Big deal, right? Or has Amazon become the benchmark now for becoming a serious writer?
On the one hand, anyone can write a book nowadays and, thanks to digital publishing, can produce your work in paperback or electronic format with minimal cost and nearly zero oversight. Amazon has very loose criteria for what they will print. Basically, if you can type, you can write a book. Nobody said it had to be a good book. And you may never sell a single copy to anyone but your own family and friends.
On the other hand, Amazon is the world’s largest book distributor, so if you play your cards right you could become the next overnight publishing success, shatter Amazon’s own sales records, stuff the front displays of every book store across the country, appear on talk show after talk show, and negotiate the rights to an eventual Oscar-winning film based on the work it took your five years to write in your spare time while juggling your job and all your other grown-up responsibilities. It could happen. Just ask JK Rowlings. (No, she didn’t publish through Amazon, but you get the point about overnight success, right?)
So what are your thoughts? Does having your book appear on Amazon lend it extra credibility? Or is it just another sales channel? Post your comments.