I read another blog post recently and I have to say, it got to me. Not because it was moving and emotional, but it was a profanity laced rant about how all Indie Authors and Self-Pubs suck.
You all know that I’m self-published. I never attempted to hide it. But I refuse to think that my work is garbage simply because some publishing house like Random or Penguin have snatched up my work.
When I was at a book festival talking with other Indies, I told them simply, I’m not the type of person that can hear rejection over and over again. I’m also not the type of writer that can change the way a story is flowing just because one person says so. That’s something that happens a lot with big publishers (I’ve heard), and that’s something that I can not and will not deal with.
As to the point of having an editor, that’s true. The only way an author can learn from their mistakes is to have someone read through and point out where there are things that are overused. I fall victim of too many commas, the word HAD, and people doing things easily/slowly/carelessly. But I’m working on that. To me, writing is a learning process that with each book my writing style gets more and more polished. If you never learn, what’s really the point?
Anyway, if you come across that post please understand, he was spouting a hate-filled attack with pretty much no merit. He or she may feel that with the rise of Indies and Self-Pubs that his/her job may be in danger (he/she said they worked for a real publishing house… didn’t say which one and was very adamant about it). Maybe they wrote a self-pub, thought they would achieve “Twilight” type fame (yes, they took digs at this book and 50 Shades.) and got nothing but 1 star reviews. I don’t know the motivation behind the attack, but I can tell you, it really was uncalled for.
But I will say this, I have 3 books under my belt and a 4th on the way. I knew I would never be on the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. If it happens, great! If it doesn’t, I don’t really mind. My books sell all over the world. Writing keeps me happy, and it keeps my mind busy.
The book market is large enough for everyone. You can’t be any type of author and not try to pay it forward. 3 friends of mine have entered the self-pub arena after I have, and we don’t hesitate to help each other, or anyone else for that matter. There really is no need for one person to rant about how horrible a person’s writing style is, or say that simply because I haven’t pounded the pavement and been rejected by agents and publishers for years I don’t deserve to breathe in the same air as these others that have, it just evil and vindictive.
If you want to write a book and publish it yourself, put your fingers to the keyboard, pen to paper, chalk to pavement, however you want to do it… and DO IT!!!!! You don’t suck and your story deserves to be told. And NEVER let anyone tell you different.
And to that person that wrote the blog that I refuse to name, if you’re reading this, just know that I’m Self-Published. I’m Indie, and I’m Proud as Hell.