I usually spend January looking for new trends in the book world (or making them up, which is more fun), and I’m seeing an increase in pronouncements about self-publishing online. It’s probably a seasonal thing, as people sketch out their writing goals. But a lot of what I’m seeing lately has been negative, particularly below the line.
Last year, I took up a different baton of writerly whinging, when I complained about complaining. That went well, so I’m off again.
And oh, how much complaining there is about this topic. Both from the people bemoaning the quality of self/author-published work, to the people decrying the temerity of anyone who dares to say anything negative about the industry at all – even if it comes from author-publishers themselves.
I Blame The Internet
We’re all talking to each other these days. Which is, technically, a marvellous thing: but nothing feeds paranoia better than social media. And when it comes to some SP authors, it can reach…
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