I meet a lot of self-published authors at the library. Generally it’s when they’re trying to get their books into the collection and they want to know exactly how they can submit their work.
Sometimes the books are great, sometimes they’re not, sometimes they can added to the collection, sometimes they don’t. (this of course applies to traditionally published books as well)
But there is something I admire about everyone who has self-published a book:
They finished it. They wrote a book. It went beyond talk.
Lots of people want to talk about writing. They want your promise that you’ll read their book when it’s done, or your approval that yes, the idea is a great one. Not everyone who talks about writing, or who has a great idea, is willing to sit down and actually write.
Regardless of anyone’s opinion about self-publishing, a book that has been written has a better chance of being found than a book that only exists in someone’s head and dreams.
Maybe you have the greatest idea ever. Maybe it would get a 10 million dollar advance as the publishing houses tore each other apart in their eagerness to acquire it.
If you don’t write it, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t write it, all of the “self-published garbage” you hear about still has a better chance and better visibility.
Whatever my opinions about writing/publishing are, if you’ve self-published something and I can’t ever make myself sit down and write, there’s a lot I could learn from you.
If you’re a self-publisher looking for ideas and encouragement, A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing is a great start.
Thoughts? How many of you are trying to write, publish, or self-publish a book? Let’s talk.