I agree with a lot of what is said here, however I will state that A) a good small publisher will publish for merit (as long as it fits within the guidelines of their business, obviously a horror publisher won’t publish a sci-fi romance unless it is also a horror). And B) I don’t agree with the comments about Amazon. Considering their biased algorithms, Kindle Unlimiteds strange policies, and their unevenly applied rules, I don’t beleive they are good for publishing despite the fact they do make it easy to reach a large number of people. There are plenty of other good distributors out there (eg, ARe, Kobo, Smashwords, just to name a few) who do not have the same skewed rules for small and self publishers. Lastly, C), if you self publish, please make sure your story goes through a rigorous editing system that may include beta readers; body editing (for plot, character, and consistency), line editing (grammar, punctuation, and word choice), and proof reading. Many great authors already do this, and although it can be pricey it is worth it.
One of the things I love about doing what I do is that I have the ability to connect so closely with you guys and speak on the topics that matter to you. Yesterday, a fellow writer shared an article from The Guardian, For me traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way. She wanted my take on what the author had to say.
For those who’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, I hope I’ve been really clear that I support all paths of publishing (vanity press doesn’t count).
All forms of publishing hold advantages and disadvantages and, as a business, we are wise to consider what form of publishing is best for our writing, our work, our goals, our personality, etc. But my goal has always been to educate writers so they are making wise decisions based off data, not just personal…
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