Tab Earley

25 June, 2011

Self-publishing Part 2

Filed under: publishing — Tab Earley @ 3:42 pm
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I will admit one thing right now: I often don’t read Guardian articles in their entirety. This is partly because of their tone, which generally falls somewhere between “self-impressed bourgeoisie” and “embarrassed and apologetic bourgeoisie.” It’s partly because I have a short attention span. It’s also partly because I’m much more interested in what’s going on between the lines and in the comments.

Take this one, for example. Silly headline making dubious assertion: check. The Guardian attempting to make an authoritative comment on a trend it probably doesn’t understand: check.

I’ve already written a little about self-publishing and how I don’t think it’s The Next Big Thing. That particular post was about public internet tantrums and the typical idea most of us have of self-publishers: badly written, badly punctuated, unedited drivel. There is no question that that’s the case for many of them, but what I’m intrigued about now is whether it applies to the really successful self-published authors (who still generally seem to choose to work with publishing companies when they get the chance).

I haven’t looked up any of these self-published authors, so I can’t comment on the specifics of their work. Quite frankly, I’ve got enough on my plate with my own books and my own attempts to get published. I can’t help feeling, though, that some of these people are missing a very very important point about going through a publishing company or agent: you have an editor. And a good editor is invaluable. (more…)


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