I was at an author event last night, run by my local library,
and a woman who writes science fiction
– like me –
was talking to me about my experiences with getting published.
When I asked if she considered self-publishing
she recoiled in horror –
the expression on her face was plainly telling
but she backed up her reaction with,
“Oh, no. I want to make sure my book is of high quality and respected.”
I was flabbergasted.
I mean, I’ve always known that there’s still a stigma
on self-published books and those authors who choose to go that route,
and I’m aware that some writers have goals of publishing traditionally
or not at all.
But this wasn’t a glass half-empty/half-full
kind of perception here…
This woman honestly thought that the quality of her book would suffer
if she tried to self-publish.
Her narrow understanding of the industry and how it’s actually the individual authors’ choice
to make a well-edited, formatted, and eye-catching cover
is what’s causing the hesitancy of suppliers and professional book reviewers alike
to degrade and back-talk all self-published works.
Her perception was due to
But not everyone has the same goals
or does the same research into their writing career.
I knew there was no changing her mind and the only reason she bought my book
was the fact that I did publish traditionally
and she believed
that meant a higher quality of product.
How has perception of book quality shaped your beliefs about the publishing world?