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Self-Publishers Should Not Be Called Authors

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The landscape of publishing has dramatically changed over the last five years. In the past, if you wanted to publish a book you had to do it from a vanity press or land a deal with a traditional publisher. Now, anyone can write a book and submit it to Smashwords, Kindle, Kobo or Nook. So the question is, should we quantify a distinction between an writer and a professional author? I think a line needs to be drawn in the sand so that we know who is the real deal.

As such, I’m curious to hear what other folks think. Do the perspectives outlined above seem on target? Or, is the thread of optimism that runs through these points tied to a misplaced sense of publisher self-worth? And here’s a question for authors: Are publishers still useful?

1 Comment

  1. You make an interesting point here. I agree that the reviewing and editing process inherent in mainstream publishing is at least some kind of ‘seal of approval’ for readers. Is that what you meant by ‘who is the real deal’?

    If so, I tend to agree having come by a number of self-published books that were definitely below par. On the other hand, I’m sure we’ve all read the odd self-published book that was great and, in the intro/acknowledgement, the author noted that they had been rejected from numerous publishers. So, IMHO, the publishers were obviously wrong on that particular book.

    I guess most of us rely on ‘seals of approval’ to help us make sense of the chaotic world around us.

    Looking forward to seeing what others in #ADL310 think. Let the conversation begin.


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