Self-publishing: vain or amazing?
June 28, 2011
The publishing world is afflicted with all sorts of upheaval right now, with publishers and booksellers trying to figure out how to deal with e-books and self-publishing.
I think self-publishing is amazing. It gives us readers a whole new world of options, namely: more books to read!
But what about the quality? I hear you ask. Isnâ€™t that what publishers are for, to filter out the bad and ensure only the best are published?
Depends on what you mean by â€œbestâ€ and if that happens to be the same thing a publisher thinks is â€œbest.â€ Sure, self-publishing will mean proliferation of a lot of really lame and horrible books. But there are so many good books out there that never would have been publishedâ€“itâ€™s worth suffering the existence of unprofessional books if more authors are allowed to exist.
I just added three blogs to my reader to keep up with self-publishing and ebooks. I already subscribe toÂ The Domino Project, but today I added:
- A Newbieâ€™s Guide to Publishing
- John LockeÂ (the first self-published author to sell a million ebooks)
- Nathan Bransford
A lot of really good stuff, especially onÂ A Newbieâ€™s Guide to Publishing. I need to look into it more, but Iâ€™m almost convinced to go ahead and forgo traditional publishing. Weâ€™ll see. I agree that â€œpublishing is a business, not an ideology.â€ As a businessperson, which a writer is, I think it will make sense to sometimes go the self-publishing route, sometimes the traditional publishing route. It really depends on how my book is received, both by publishers and by readers.
Overall,Â though, I am excited about self-publishing, both for myself and other authors.