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Got the next 50 Shades of Grey? Reports shows self-publishing is on the rise


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Great news for budding literary types: These days, you don’t need to go through the laborious process of finding a publisher.

With a little cash, why not distribute your book online in a manner akin to 50 Shades of Grey, the self-published smash hit that was developed from Twilight fan fiction? While erotic fiction may not be your cup of tea, the novel’s runaway success proves that anything is possible with the right marketing and distribution.

Since 2006, the practice of self-publishing has nearly tripled, according to a new Bowker report. It has grown 287 percent in the past six years, and numbers are expected to continue to escalate. The study also found that that while production increases have occurred in both print and digital formats, the latter is responsible for the greatest percentage gains.

“It’s provided everyone who has a story to tell with a method for sharing it and leveled the playing field to an unprecedented degree,” said Beat Barblan, the director of identifier services for Bowker, an affiliate of research provider ProQuest in a statement. ”This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream.”
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