Publishing: Underserved Genres

18 Sep
I recently did a search on Amazon for Prehistoric Fiction.  I was surprised to see over 7.000 works for sale.  I was astonished to see that my first novel Daughter of the Goddess Lands, was #2 on the first page.  (Of course, I still don’t know exactly what that means.  I don’t think I’m outselling the latest Jean Auel book, which was on the eleventh page.)
But it got me thinking about how much self-publishing has effected many underserved genres.  You know, the books you’d love to read, but traditional publishers avoid because they’re too risky or unlikely to bring in big profits?  Those books are now available to us all.
I used to think of self-publishing as something that was good for writers.  A lot of talented writers who couldn’t break into traditional publishing can now get their books out there (cue the music).  But now I see what a good thing it is for readers.  Whether you’re into vampire erotica, unlicenced superheros, steampunk or caveman detectives, the books are out there.  Some for as little as 99 cents.
So, readers, what do you think?  Anyone have a genre they get to read more of now?  And is what you’re reading mostly self-published?  Post a comment and let me know!

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