You’ll recall that a couple of months ago, Marko Kloos self-published his first military science fiction novel, ‘Terms Of Enlistment’, after the umpteenth rejection from agents and publishers. He proceeded to hammer the Amazon Kindle best-seller lists into a cocked hat. Way to go, Marko!
He’s just announced that he’s been signed by publishers 47North, an imprint of Amazon. They’ll be re-releasing ‘Terms Of Enlistment’ within a few days under their logo, and publishing the sequel early next year.
This is great news for Marko, and a thoroughly deserved success. He’s put years into learning his craft, and suffered almost endless frustrations along the way. It’s really hard to break into the big time in publishing today – so many publishers are on the ropes, financially speaking, that they no longer look for new talent at all, preferring to concentrate on existing, established authors. It’s estimated that well over 300,000 books are published in the USA each year, with up to ten times that number of wannabe authors trying to break into the field. Marko’s now broken free of the pack, as Larry Correia did a few years ago when he self-published ‘Monster Hunter International‘, and forged a path ahead by his own efforts. He was subsequently signed by Baen Books, and now has half a dozen novels out with more in preparation.
This is also very encouraging for me personally. Two of my gun-forum buddies, fellow forum moderators and bloggers have now succeeded in this way. When my first novel comes out (hopefully next week), can I emulate their success? Will ‘third time lucky’ apply to me? Here’s hoping!