50% of the books published by Author Solutions, one of the nation’s largest self-publishers, are written by authors 55 or older reports The Columbian, a paper serving Washington State. 75% of Middle River Press’ clients are seniors. In the last year specifically, self-publishing has gained enormous ground. It has yielded bestsellers like Wool by Hugh Howey, and more authors are choosing the self-publishing route over traditional publishing. Meanwhile, traditional publishers have gotten in on the game.
Penguin bought Author Solutions. Simon & Schuster partnered with Author Solutions to form Archway Publishing. Most off the major publishers have inked deals with self-published successes including Howey, Abbi Glines, and others to re-release their books. With writers of a certain age making up the bulk of authors opting to self-publish their work, The Columbian suggests older writers like Zelda Luxenberg and Robert Levinson, 87, who self-published their love story Full Circle, could be behind the boom. Quoting Bonnie Stetzer, an organizer of the Delray Beach Public Library’s local authors showcase, The Columbian explains, “they usually say they felt they had a book in them their whole lives.”