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Internalized self-pub-o-phobia

I have noticed an unsettling trend with myself lately. I have been doing a lot of eBook searches, looking for reading material. What I've noticed is, if I get the impression from the price/book description that a book is self-published, I have a tendency to think, "The writing is probably crap," and pass it by.

And I myself have a self-published novel.

I think we're past the point where one can assume that books that have not been accepted by a publisher are a sign of a weak writer. And yet, that lingering assumption remains in my head.

You'd think, for $2.99, or 0.99, I could take a chance on a book. I'd want a reader to do the same for me.


Oct. 30th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
My point is that I "give it a chance" because the appearance of professionalism makes me not realize it's self-published. The prejudice is still there.
Oct. 30th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
understood. I just wish I have tried self pubs that have swayed me away from the prejudice but honestly I really haven't. Exactly one this year was worth my time (barring anything I've read a friend has self pubbed)
Oct. 30th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
No quality control except that which the author gives it. The sellers sure don't seem to care.
Oct. 31st, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)