Why “Self-Published” doesn’t have to Mean “Terrible”

THIS ! Stop the snobbery –

Vanessa Couchman

Something happened recently on social media that both annoyed and saddened me. The details aren’t important, but the message is: that a stigma still attaches to self-published books as opposed to those published by small or traditional publishers. But are self-pubbed books really so terrible?

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  1. Not at all.
    However, it’s business.
    A medium to large publishing firm will pick and choose product it can make a profit from. This is after the firm has spent cash on the production side as well as maybe an advance to the writer. Then the is the cost of advertising the book through media and those makers of bestselling lists to further promote the book.
    If it is decided that a book is only good for a run of so many copies, they will drop it. The bigger the number, the more likely they will be interested in the material, but only based on the margin of probable profit.
    A question of snobbery becomes a question of profit.
    Does self published product translate to poor quality of content?
    Not necessarily, it is more likely that the major publishers have reached a quota that they believe can be shifted due to print run availability and getting the finished item to the retailers’ shelves.
    Too many factors involved.
    A self published book can cut through a wide range of hurdles, but at a cost.
    In all of this, is a self published book better or worse than a major publishing house’s book? Not really. It’s criteria that concerns the house. Different values.
    Those differing criterias bear no relationship between sales and artistic endeavor. This does not detract from the quality of the books in question.

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