From what seems apparent, self publishing could use a little reality checking. Though it does cut out the “middle man,” or a bonafide publishing firm to get a book published, it shouldn’t be viewed as a free-for-all either.
To put this in perspective:
In the Boston area, a well known department store named Filene’s, had what they referred to as their “Basement” where they would run discount sales.
Once a year though, they’d do their “bridal gown” sale and mark down fashion designer gowns to incredibly low prices.
To say the least, a Filene’s Basement sale of this nature usually caused quite a bit of excitement.
People, mostly women would be pressed against the front doors several layers deep, just waiting for the store manager to let them in.
At the click of the lock, the doors would burst open from the sheer pressure of hopeful customers waiting for the exact moment they could come pouring through the portal, knocking each other down just to be the first to get to the racks of gowns.
It wouldn’t matter what designer’s name was on a gown, or what size it was. If it was within grabbing distance, it was scoffed up to be sorted out later. Fights would ensue, gowns torn asunder, people trampled on or used as stepping stools to reach the higher racks.
It was a mad frenzy free-for-all of mob proportions!
And it’s kind of like that with self publishing these days too, but in reverse.
As soon as Amazon and iTunes opened their doors to self publishers, everybody rushed to get something published.
In a mad dash to get into the Kindle Library or iTune Book Store, it didn’t matter what it was, how many pages, or even if it was original content. If it could be set in the right format, it was uploaded.
And so it goes right up to now.
However, self publishing doesn’t negate the fact that Amazon, iTunes or any of the others are legitimate book sellers with quality standards.
Nor does it eliminate the millions of real book buyers who expect the same quality they’d get from walking into a brick and mortar book store and perusing the shelves.
Which mean, eliminating the “middle man” doesn’t remove the responsibility of doing the work a real publishing company would do.
It just puts the responsibility on you, the self publisher.
So to put self publishing in perspective, it is quicker and you have very little chance of prepublishing rejection. But to avoid rejection from your readers after publishing, you’re best bet would be to act the part of a real publisher.
Don’t rush into it like a frenzied bride looking for a bargain. Take your time, because quality does matter.
Do a thorough job of editing and proofreading, check your punctuation and formatting, research the marketability of what you’ve written, and above all else, give your readers something they’d enjoy curling up with and getting engrossed in.
In the end, if you take as much time publishing as you did writing, you’ll fare much better both with your readers and with the book sellers, neither of whom are going to put up with poor quality for very long.