Monday, June 25, 2018

Self-Publishing: Some Harsh Criticism!

I'm back from sunny, cool and dry Lake Tahoe! So far, a little humidity actually feels good, but I'm sure I will be back to whining later in the summer.

A couple of articles caught my eye today:
"A lot of people should never be published. It’s a harsh thing to say, but there are people who simply don’t know how to convey an idea, an image or an emotion ... There are plenty of writers who should be published but don’t believe in their own words enough to approach publishers. In a similar way, there are a lot of writers whose writing isn’t up to scratch, who believe nothing better has been written under the sun."
I will say that I know my clients get their books edited, and some pay a lot of money and devote a lot of time to that process. The author is mainly talking about people who write and immediately publish afterward - no editing, possibly no revision. Like I do when I click "Publish" on this blog! 😀

Read Steven Mehler's take on whether self-publishing is ruining the art of writing.

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How has self-publishing changed? Nicole Dieker writes about how the industry has changed between her first and second book. From the article:
"The book industry is partly kept afloat by a shadow economy in which the main currency is bullshit."
Read her entire article.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

While I understand the value in having material edited, I'm starting to question the process of finding a competent editor. I recently read a book that was self-published and was told the author used an editor. I found several mistakes both in content and punctuation. Of course this can be a circumstance of the "editor" being a fellow writer or friend. I'll dig deeper to find out who was used, if only to stay clear of this individual.