Combating the Snobbery of Traditional Publishing as an Independent Author
Don Massenzio has some great stories about self-publishing versus the traditional route. His article is well worth the read.
This past weekend, my seven year old daughter had an event with her dance group at a local street festival. As we walked around and looked at the various tables, we happened upon an author of children’s books who had some of her work displayed on a table. My daughter saw the books and we stopped at the table and listened to this friendly, grandmotherly figure tell us about her books. They were based on the antics of her grandson and looked very nicely illustrated.
We were about to move on when my wife blurted out that I had written three novels. The author’s first question was not about the genre or the titles. Her first question was, “who’s your publisher?” Before I could get the words DSM Publications (my initials are DSM) out of my mouth, my wife told her I was self-published. Now, I’m not ashamed of being self-published…
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