Without Amazon, I would not be able to announce the release of my new book, XO: From Turner Syndrome and Me. It's a short collection of thoughts about growing up with Turner Syndrome. People sometimes ask me questions, like how I feel about not being able to have kids, or what XO instead of XX even means, and now I can say, go buy my book.
I am very grateful to Amazon for making this possible. Sometimes there are just small, simple but important things you want to put out there, fiction, non-fiction, art, poetry, whatever, and Amazon is one way of doing it.
There's so much drama in the battle of indie vs traditional and the Big Six are going to die and Amazon is going to take over and rule the world and we're all going to be flooded with useless, illiterate garbage and blah blah blah. The thing is, I don't think you can really compare indie vs traditional, or say one is going to overpower the other, because they are two totally separate things.
I mean, obviously they're separate, but here's what I mean: sometimes, like I said, a story or piece is just meant for self-publishing on the Kindle, and some people sometimes like going to the Kindle store and buying them. Other times those some people like to walk into Barnes and Noble and pick out something, or authors like what comes with the whole agent, traditional publisher process. They can both exist at the same time, for both writers and readers. It's just another medium to use.
So yeah, for this, I just wanted to get it out there, for anyone who is interested or curious. Not many people have even heard of Turners Syndrome. For the short story collection I'm working on, I want to publish it myself on Amazon too, as a sort of fiction hors d'ouevre, if you will. But the novel I'm working on is going to be submitted to agents and publishers and all the other traditional places. I like that, thanks to Amazon, we can do it that way.
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