As almost any industry blog will tell you, the publishing biz is in flux. New formats, new challenges, new avenues to success have put every assumption and axiom of recieved wisdom up for grabs.
In the midst of all this chaos progress change, it is still possible to recognize an event that sheds new light on the evolving dynamics of publishing.
For example, promotional and marketing specialist Steff Deschenes has scooped up nearly a dozen literary prizes for her self-published commentary on everyday life, The Ice Cream Theory. In it, she compares different personality types with different flavors of frozen treat.
As the press release describes:
With its upbeat, conversational tone and broad appeal, “The Ice Cream Theory” is the perfect summer read and not your typical self-help book. The book uses that all-comfortable, all-inclusive, all-relatable dessert as a non-threatening medium to share insight to life when it comes to friendships, hardships, love, and overcoming obstacles. This book utilizes humor, satire, and heart-warming anecdotes to encourage the reader to enjoy life despite its imperfection.
♠ Is this a good sign for self-published authors, an indicator that a well-written book with an interesting voice can do well without a literary agent or publisher? Or…
♠ Does the fact that Ms. Deschenes is a promotional expert undermine this view, since she was able to do the professional marketing that publishers now tend to focus on a handful of “lead titles“? Or…
♠ Can self-publishing authors take heart that they can succeed if they take the promotional steps a marketing expert like Ms. Deschenes would?
♠ Is the success of a non-expert writing about human personalities, relationships, and therapeutic matters diluting science with amateur opinion? Or…
♠ Is the success of a positive self-help book about enjoying the diversity of life a nice, light contribution to our culture during a rough time?
What’s your take on the success of The Ice Cream Theory? 🙂