I’m still trying to get over the fact that I am actually going to achieve my dream. 20 years ago, only rich authors self-published, and mostly through vanity presses. The internet has really opened a lot of options I wouldn’t have even considered 5 years ago. A cheap, easy way to get your own work out there for cheap consuming. The only problem I have is excruciatingly high standards. I don’t want to publish anything less than a traditional publisher would: that means minimal typos, and punctuation and grammar mistakes. I want to show that self-publishing doesn’t necessarily mean inferior quality.
Of course, the standards of today’s traditionally published books aren’t particularly high, either. So long as a publisher thinks a book will sell, they will publish it, regardless of the technical skills of the writer.
The other thing to consider is that self-published books are often a lot cheaper. They lack the expertise of professional editors, copyeditors, formatters, and cover designers. So do I give a reader what they pay for, or do I do my best to prove I’m just as good as a traditional author?
I’m a sucker for high standards. I’ll do my best, on my own, to be as good as a traditional publisher.
- Self-publishing becomes an option (midlifebatmitzvah.wordpress.com)