Self-Publishing…Yes or No?

My first thoughts on self-publishing used to be no, no, NO! After all, it was one of the first pieces of advice I was given as a budding writer. If I wanted to be taken seriously, I needed a publisher behind me, a real publisher. One fellow writer said, “Some authors are opening small companies to publish under, but readers are seeing right through it. It’s still self-publishing and that translates to unprofessional work.”

Pretty strong words, right? Yes, they were. I decided to heed them.

But, the publishing industry has shifted in the last couple of years. Have things changed enough? Is self-publishing more accepted now?

I’m considering self publishing my next book, but it makes me nervous. Those words from the beginning have stuck with me. If I self-publish, will I be taken seriously?

And honestly, speaking as an avid reader, there are valid concerns about the quality of work from indie authors. I’ve read some books that were poorly written. Most of these authors have never been published. The reasons were clear to me, and sadly, the authors didn’t understand the poor quality of their work.

I don’t mean to sound harsh. I understand the hard work that goes into writing. I really do. My first works didn’t get published and they shouldn’t have. They weren’t good enough.

The skills of writing need to be developed for many years. Publishers filter the good from the bad. With the option of self-publishing, we no longer have that filter.

Of course, the reverse has also been the case. I’ve read indie authors that were phenomenal! But most of those seemed to be previously published writers.

Just yesterday, I saw where Harlequin Intrigue Author Dana Marton just released a self-published book! That took me by surprise. I’m a fan of hers and she definitely caught my attention with this career choice.

So, I’m honestly on the fence about this as a whole and when considering my own writing. I’ve worked too hard at developing my writing career to do anything to hurt it now.

What do you think? Do you have any thoughts on this subject?

Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 9:07 am  Comments (12)  
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