100′s of years ago, someone had an idea, they wrote a book, and then they sold it.
Now, there are publishers, distributors, Kindle downloads, and social marketing campaigns. It makes taking one’s story to the masses easier. But, it also makes for questions about the legitimacy and quality of the work.
Can Good Books be self-published? A pro and con:
No, all Indie books are terrible drivel
1. There is no proven Quality Assurance program. “This book may be well done, or it may be schlock, full of typos, misplaced dialogue, and missing in arc.“ I found this with the Indie Pub piece The Diamond Club but I enjoyed it anyway (even though it’s pretty bad).
2. Maybe only the author and their mom think this is worth reading.
3. If the work was so good, why hasn’t a publisher picked it up?
4. Established authors enable the reader to develop a relationship with their work. Without multiple works, why invest in an author?
5. … “Maybe I’d like it, but it’s so hard to find your inconsequential little work that I can’t even develop an opinion. I only stumbled across it after buying “With This Collar“
Some Great Authors Go Indie Because it Has Real Benefits
1.” True, but MY work has gone through peer review, analysis, and made it into the top 500 of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards/Is Absolutely Ingenious/Is Ahead of It’s Time” … this is the moment when the author must ask herself: Is this my best work? The Saving of Nation is smart and well-written, and it’s an Indie book.
2. Actually my mother hasn’t read it. But – see point one and the note re: peer review. Some people hated Sl,UT some people really liked it. I launched it into the universe as a VERY early work and people responded well – at least they didn’t think it was irellevant! And, I now feel confident that the first three Chapters have improved significantly, and like any good author, will keep crafting it until they rip it from my knotty fingers.
3. Sequence: ABNA competitors are contractually obligated not to ship their work to publishers, and the ABNA community provides an excellent forum for growing one’s art. And/Or a dozen other answers regarding logistics, time, better royalties, contract questions, and/or that the writer wants to get to market faster than the market can “get” the writer.
4. Because, it’s so very cool when you can say, “I found her first.” – I’ll sign your dust jacket, as I’m *certain* I will be a best seller, in a matter of weeks, buy a Porsche, and develop a crippling cocaine problem. (If you’d just buy this book.)
5. Marketing one’s Indie work is the biggest hurdle to success. That’s where the good, old fashioned boot strapping effort comes into play. WWHD? Hemingway indie published, and wrote some of the best work I’ve ever read. Are you saying you have less time to promote your work than Hemingwat? “Well, aren’t you important!”