Sunday, 9 September 2012

Author Opportunities - No Experience Required

There seems to be a growing resistance to self-published and small press novels.

I've seen quite a few posts where people will no longer read self-published e-books because the quality is so poor.  These posts go on to say that 99c / 99p books are generally rubbish and unedited.

This last one is a bit of a sweeping statement.
I've spent most of this year reading self-published and small press e-books (all priced to sell) and most of these have been as good as, if not better than, some of the offerings from the big publishing houses.

The posts also give a hint of protectionism from some who seem fearful of these non-contract, upstart authors.

The ease of self-publishing (both on e-book and in print), has led to the removal of many of the filters that would have been provided by agents, editors and publishing houses.  This means that everyone can be published, regardless of their writing ability, experience and quality of their work.

Now, this is just supposition, but it's possible, likely even, that some people are looking to make a fast buck out of self publishing.  Just knock a story together, run it through the spell checker, then stick it on Amazon and watch the cash roll in.

Yeah, right.

Even though I'm one of these upstart self published authors (and working at being an overnight success for more than 15 years now) I don't want to be tarred with the same brush.  Fifteen years experience has helped me hone my skills (and I'm still honing them) and from early indications my novel is getting positive comments.

The e-book market is still relatively young.  In time, as the market matures, I think that those only in it to make quick money will become disillusioned and give up.  This will help drive up the quality of self-published work; which can only be good news for authors and readers alike.

The market is massive and growing.  There's plenty of room for quality writers, both self published and mainstream.

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