Self-publishing pays off. That’s the news from writing newsletter author Moira Allen:

She writes: Using the Internet as a marketing tool is beginning to pay big dividends for self-published authors. In the past 18 months, over three dozen self-published novels have been contracted by major houses. St. Martin’s recently awarded hefty advances and full-page ads in The New York Times Book Review to India Edghill for “Queenmaker,” and James Conroyd Martin for “Push Not the River.” Pocket Books senior editor Amy Pierpont sees the advantage of self-published novels: “If they’ve sold, the authors

bring with their project an established fan base.” Other books and authors making the leap are “Thunderland” by Brandon Massey, “Temptation” by Victoria Christopher Murray, and “The Hearts of Men” by Travis Hunter.