This morning, I need to speak my mind on a topic which I know is relevant to every writer who decides to publish. I am honestly quite tired of seeing so many derisive opinions regarding self publishing. I think it is wonderful that anyone who is willing to put in the long hours and other commitments to writing a book is able to have a fair chance to publish it, regardless of money or status. If only other things in our society were so equal!
Self publishing is an evolving form of media. Like it or not, it’s here to stay, so we might as well get our misconceptions straight.
I am early in the phase of my own publication journey, so I’ll use my experience as a consumer to explain my view. When I am searching for a new book to read, I have never separated traditionally published books from those that are self published. I ask myself the very same things as I am perusing the choices. Does the book interest me? Does it look enjoyable? How long is it? Is it reasonably priced? Did other customers have positive reactions?
I have never decided against buying a book because it was self published. I never will. After all, won’t the consumers be the ones to delineate what is good and what is not? As I read book lists on sources such as the USA Today bestseller lineup, there are quite a few self published books that rank alongside their traditionally published counterparts. Just like any other book, if it is well written and enjoyable, it will catch on with readers. Once it becomes a hit on its own merit, who will care from where it came? We read to be informed and entertained and challenged in our respective worlds. If a book covers these bases, it is among great company of other works that do the same. Indie music is celebrated, so why not indie books?