My topic of choice today: self-publishing
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The second book was a BOTM (Book Of The Month) for a reading group. I read it earlier this month, and it's called My Name Is Rapunzel. I gave it a try because the ebook was cheap and the synopsis was intriguing. Plus, I felt generous. I mean, we should support new and aspiring authors, so I read it.....
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So based on these two experiences, what do I think of self-publishing? Well, I think self-published books should be approached with great caution. I have a hunch that the majority of them are terrible, with only a few being worth a look. Based on my experiences so far (one decent read and one bad read), I'm going to look upon self-published reads with a certain degree of suspicion and misgiving.
Here's my theory about self-publishing: some authors self-publish because they want to get their work out there and be recognized, others self-publish because they don't take criticism very well but want to be an author anyway. The former has potential to be a great author, the latter is most likely going to be a terrible author. Personally I think that in order to be a good author, one should accept criticism from at least one trusted source and use it to improve his or her work. Writing is a form a self-expression, but writing a book also means that you're trying to give something new and wonderful to a specific audience, which in turn means that you need to please them as well as yourself. If you're going to self-publish, at the very least try to find one or more critical reviewers beforehand who can look through your work and give you some constructive feedback, so you can improve your story and turn it into something that was better than before. This professional can be a publishing agent, a professional editor, another author, even your English teacher/professor. Just make sure it's someone who can look at your book critically and without bias. Your work deserves any improvements you can make, so don't be so impatient to publish that you decide to skip this rather important step.
I applaud those who have the courage to publish their stories, and I wish to support new authors, but if an author truly wants approval from their readers, they need to give them something to love. And that something requires lots of work and dedication. It requires hours of time, a huge amount of revising and rewriting, and lots of constructive criticism from other people before it can be sent out to the world at large. I will read a self-published book every once in a blue moon, but I look for quality in my books, and I will rate a book based on the quality I see. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
If anyone has any opinions on this topic please share!