Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why are you self publishing?

Or in other words, does your book suck?

There is a whole lot of negativity surrounding self publishing and especially epublishing. I have to say that up until a very short time ago, I was one of those people that thought if you resorted to self publishing, your book was simply not good enough to be published traditionally. And a few very vocal authors made it difficult to think otherwise. They were loud and obnoxious and refused to admit that there might be flaws in their writing. You know the type. They've become legends online.

But the debates that I've seen on a lot of blogs lately, such as on Nathan Brandon's and BookEnds', have convinced me to be more open minded. Sure books published by a large company will be seen by more people simply because it would be available in more places. However, not everyone can be published by these companies. Even very good books can be passed up in favour of ones that are more likely to bring in higher revenue. Does that mean that the story has to be torn up, or worse, left in a box collecting dust for the rest of time? I think there have been enough successful self publishers at this point to prove that no, that isn't the end for your book. Or at least it doesn't have to be.

I love MAGIC HIGH. I am confident that it deserves more than a dusty box. Every day while I do the final touches to the story before publishing I lose a little of that confidence, but usually I regain it again later. It's a scary business after all, but I know that I'm making the right choice for this book at this time. At least I think I do. I hope. Maybe.

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