Amen! If I’m the writer, editor, proofreader, publisher, marketer, and distributor, doesn’t that make me a little MORE than a traditionally published writer? In fact, traditionally books WERE all self published–think before the Gutenberg printing press. Self publishing gives you control. I know a “traditional” author whose publisher did not arrange for ANY book reviews. He also arranged many if not all of his own book signings. Though an audio book was in his contract, it has still not been released a year later. He lost the rights to publish his own e-book when his publisher refused to. Who has the better deal?
What’s worse is that what I’m mad about is truly something out of my control. There’s not a thing I can do about it except keep pushing barriers. To hold my head high and keep on keepin’ on with the rest of the crowd.
You can probably guess why I’m angry thanks to the headline. Wait – no, I’m NOT mad about self-publishing. But rather the thoughts behind self-publishing and the ideas that we’re not as good or “real” as traditionally published authors.
The publishing system isn’t broken by any means, but the stigma behind “traditional” and “indie” publishing has really gotten my goat lately.
I’m independently published, or self-published. What does that mean? It means I do not have an agent or traditional publisher backing me. It means that I’m in control of my stories, my edits, my covers, my marketing, and everything else that goes along…
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