I read an article against self publishing. You know, some authors may not be as talented as others, but I think that is for the reader to decide and not an industry. What is the old saying? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! So those against self publishing should calm down, and let people dream and showcase what they've got. If the reader enjoys the description and the sample chapters, most likely, the book will be enjoyed.
Besides, many good writers would never get the recognition or the chance to see their words in print if not for the self publishing media; therefore, the reading world would be missing out on talent and good stories. Isn't it far better to gain great new writers even if we must weed through some that aren't our cup of tea to find those who are awesome?!
I agree. I've found amazing authors in the self publishing media and I loved their works and they've ended up on my auto-buy list. And I dislike certain well-known authors, authors who have a fan-base that would probably torture anyone saying something bad about their books. I don't think a great publishing house guarantees success. Not to me, anyway.
Ruby, thanks for adding to my discussion. I'm glad that you agree, and I tend to think most people feel this way, well, except maybe the publishing houses and their editors. Ouch, I think they're hurting. Look, the world is changing rapidly because of computers,and therefore, the book world is changing too. I think it's a wonderful thing and I'm happy to be a part of it.
Thank you for your thoughts on the subject! I think your comments are appreciated and well understood.
There's no doubt traditional publishing has its perks and I'm sure many of us would get on board if made an irresistable offer. Trad pub definitely has the best or easiest marketing available; we self publised authors must pound the pavement, so to speak....well, the cyber pavement....and market outselves. This is easier said than done!
One nice thing about marketing ourselves though, is the nice people we meet along the way! They are the ones who help and support us and boost us into (hopefully) a successful career.
Now Ms. Rhonda, I certainly can't let you go without asking you to take a peek at my novels on AMAZON. I'd be crazy to not take that opportunity!
In either case, I appreciate your input in this discussion.
I agree with your views on self-publishing. I checked out your website and Amazon page. I'm impressed with all of the books you have published! I've self-published four books myself. I sent you a friend request on Goodreads. My Amazon page is: www.amazon.com/author/christine_rice. My author blog is: www.christinericeauthor.wordpress.com. I hope you will check out my links.
Thank you for this post and adding to our discussion. Also, I',m glad you found me on goodreads. I replied to you there!
Congratulations on your books. It is quite an accomplishment! I wish you continued success!
I appreciate the nice comments about my books.
I checked out your amazon page; very nice and professional. Your blog is great too! I will follow you.
Glad to be in touch with you! Let's support each other; after all, isn't that what Indie authors do for one another?! No competition; there is room for us all. Readers are gracious that way!
Wow! Thank you for the wonderful compliments! I appreciate that a lot! All of my books are coming to paperback...should be this month!! I will let you know if you'd like.
I'm going to request that we be friends. I'll go to your page here on book blogs. Follow me and vice versa on GOODREADS too.
Again, thank you! Debbie
Thank you! I sure will let you know when the print book is available;;hopefully THIS month, September.
Don't worry about preferring physical books! After all, that's how we read books since the beginning. They can be beautoful additions to our shelves!
Glad we're friends! Debbie
PS Hey, I'm glad you're interested in Edge Of Darkness. I enjoyed writing it and got a really nice review from actor writer JORDAN RHODES That's his personal website. You can find his review on my website.....www.deborahpalumbo.com One of these days he promised me that I'll show up on his website. I'm really looking forward to that. Well, anyway, because of Edge Of Darkness, Jordan asked me to co write his screenplay which I did! Wonderful experience. So the point to all this babble is, he liked it...hope you will!!!
Many agents advise against self-publishing, but many authors have decided to take this route because they are tired of waiting for a traditional publishing contract. I have a good friend who is a traditionally published author, and she has a literary agent, etc, and it can take years for a manuscript to be accepted and finally be published.
I would never discourage anyone from self-publishing; I've had a lot of success, but it's been a long road with a lot of learning curves. I think each person has to find their own way.
In reality, there's a lot of self-published authors out there that don't make a dime. However, having a well-designed and edited book certainly increases your chances of success.
I am glad for your success! I think that's awesome. All of us hope to be successful and of course, only some of us will. But isn't it grand that we have this opportunity!
I haven't even tried traditional publishing in ten or fifteen years and even then I only sent out a manuscript or two; or at least query letters. I guess we should all do what we're comfortable doing whether its self publishing or trying to get published by traditional means.
Well, I truly wish us all much success and happiness along the way.
I'm glad that self-publishing is a viable route to so many people, but personally, I almost always prefer to read traditionally published books. I'd rather pay a bit more to know that the book has been professionally edited. I've read a few self-published books that I've loved, but I'm very skeptical of them as a whole because one has to weed through so many that just weren't ready yet and needed more work.
I've heard about people's books being unedited and therefore, unprofessional. Personally I can't understand how someone could publish a book without a thorough editing job. Maybe it's the perfectionist in me.
As far as the story is concerned, I think the sample chapters that amazon provides....sometimes up to 4, and the description of the book should indicate if the book would be a good read.
I'm going to checkout your website now Grace!!
Thanks for the comment. We all appreciate it.
My daughter, Markelle Grabo (18 year old) has published two novels in her 6 book fantasy fiction series. Both have been professionally edited with a respected Editor with over 30+ years of experience and has a Phd. We work with a self-publisher who demands that the work be edited and the cover design to spec. We were rejected the first time which lead us to search out an editor and get the job done correctly. The 2nd book is more polished than the first. The series is fun and getting some good reviews. Being self-published and without an agent is a tough road to travel. While local sales are good, it is really competitive and very hard to get out in the mainstreem and be taken seriously. Without an agent, traditional publisher likely won't touch us, and the agents we have contacted say they don't have time to work with someone who is not already published by a traditional publishing house. It is kind of a double edge sword. I sure wish I knew the magic word to get an agent on board to help!