The wonderful Jacqueline Sweet is a well reviewed and well loved author of paranormal romances, especially the Bearfield Series, and a contributing author to “Shifters in the Spring” and other anthologies. This article makes exceptionally good points about publishing, publishing houses, and the false ideas people have about the legitimacy of publishing houses over self publishing. It all comes back to what I have harped on for years. As authors, getting to know one another, supporting one another, and helping readers to understand what publishing is all about, whether indie or house, can only help you to get your books out in front of the reading public. And gain a loyal following!
There’s a long tradition of authors forming their own publishing houses to publish their own works. Look at Dave Eggers’ McSweeney’s, or Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press–both cases of authors publishing their own works. Or check out Louis L’Amour who self-pubbed as Lusk Press, which was his own concern. If you look further back, to the old times, self-publishing was the rule, not the exception. For a while there publishing was in a stage where the entry capital was just too large for any old person to publish their own works in anything resembling a professional format. It’s clear now that we’re in a different world.
Readers–some readers–report feeling cheated or deceived when they find out an author they are reading isn’t really published by a small press out of, say, St. Paul but is really just the author slaving away behind a business name. These readers feel that the imprimatur…
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