Writing

Self Publishing

I started reading a self-published writer that I follow on twitter, she seems to be really popular, but I’m still only at the beginning of the book. The writing isn’t the best. I went onto her blog once, not because I’m a stalker, but I admire what she has done. She published 3 book in the space of like 3 months.

I can’t even get book 1 out the door, but I don’t think I’d have the balls to go that fast with publishing books. She only started back in 2009. I think, and she had book 1 out by the following year after unsuccessfully enquiring with publishers and agents.

I don’t know. I admire her because that is where I want to be, to have readers, but I wouldn’t be able to just throw them out one-after-another like that.

I bought three of her books because they were free.I can’t get into it. The writing is mediocre and reads rushed, which is understandable because she only took like, on average, a month on each.

This is what I hate about self-published books(not about her books, but self-publishing in general). Buying one and you’re gambling on whether it’s a decent book you can read, or you’ve just wasted your money on a wannabe not-even-half-way-there writer. Most of them are self-published for a reason. They got too eager to be published and couldn’t leave the manuscripts under the bed till they’re ready for a decent round of editing. I’m not saying this about all self-published, but I have yet to come across one that I can honestly read a book through and want to read another one.

I want to find a great self-published writer. That is what I want to do in 2015, find a good writer that nobody knows about.

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  1. Hello! I really like your blog post, and I agree with your point.

    My friend and I are “writers” – quotation marks because we are not full-time writers. 🙂 I am a full-time English teacher, and my friend is a postal worker. We did self-publish our first anthology in November after two years of writing, editing, and revising. We are currently working on other shorts and a trilogy. The rough draft first novel of the trilogy will probably be ready this year with the final to be released next year. We fully believe in patience. 🙂

    Please do not take my comment as a promo to purchase our anthology; I simply agree with you. I have scanned the blogs and have spoken to other self-published writers, and it amazes me that a lot of them have quit their jobs and put all their eggs in one basket. It’s crazy! James and I fully understand that our pieces are not going to pay the bills for a LONG TIME, hence our regular, middle class careers. Plus, it is better to put out a quality product (and we are constantly waiting for our artist to finish her end of things – which is a good thing). 🙂

    There are many indie authors who rush, rush, rush to put stuff out, but some of it is mediocre; therefore, in some cases, this taints the great books.

    Thanks for the post! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  2. I agree completely. There are certainly quality self-published books out there, but they sure are buried in a lot of crap. I still prefer traditional publishing for that reason, not that they don’t put out crap too, but there’s a lot less of it. If you find this mystery author, let us know!

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