While the mainstream media’s current mode of thinking is that self-pubbed authors are nothing more than trad pubbed wanna-be’s, unable to create something original, the evidence—at least in the case of the throbbingly hot New Adult fiction category—points to a much different scenario.
A recent New York Times story, “Beyond Wizards and Vampires, to Sex”, introduced uninformed readers to the NA genre, what writer Leslie Kaufman describes as “Harry Potter meets “50 Shades of Grey”.
What the Times does not attribute is the source of this new category, but if you look at the accompanying photo at left, you will note that all the titles save one (the Meg Cabot) were originally self-published.
The “Popular New Adult” shelf over at GoodReads tells pretty much tells the same story. From Colleen Hoover’s “Slammed” and Tammara Webber’s “Easy” to Jamie McGuire’s “Beautiful Disaster” and Abbi Glines’ “The Vincent Boys“, the NA category has been a staple of self-published authors almost as long as 18-to-25-year-olds—the category’s target demographic—have been hot for explicit sex.
And speaking of hot explicit sex, let us not forget that “50 Shades of Grey” also began it’s tale of world domination as an indie, leading to the conclusion that self-published authors are a lot more tuned in to what readers really want, possibly even before they know that they want it (but definitely before traditional publishing knows that they do).