The Responsible Self-Publisher

Most people want to publish their books.  This is true for many writers, and while a work in progress is still a work in progress, I would like to point a few things out.  Writers need to think of their readers.  This is really importatnt for self-publishers.  Here is a true story… my own.

There is something called a responsible self-publisher.  Why do I make this statement?  I used to get many emails about self-publishing a book that contained more writing mistakes than I make!  This lead me to believe that there are many reasons why people look down on self-published books.

There was no real responsibility from the writer.  I looked into this theory deeper, and I looked at some of these books and their reviews on Amazon.  If the book was self-published, and someone took the time to read it, often they would make a comment like: this is a good beginning but I wish they had taken some time to work harder on it.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is what these poorly self-published writers were looking at as a goal for their writing.  But they did not look at the options that they have for making money while writing — and editing — and more editing — their books.  It is not simply deciding what looks good, but rather creating what the reader will want to read.  There are a lot of options out there to help you with making money with writing.
As I said, I was a bit dismayed, but I think I’ve learned a lesson when it comes to responsible self-publishing:  people will see you’ve worked hard on what you’ve written, and that means that they will give you another read.

I think that is the key to responsible self-publishing — and a being a responsible self-publisher is to give the reader only your best.

One Comment

  • Marlena Cassidy

    You really can't publish a half-finished work, even if you think it's done. Someone else, multiple someone elses need to go through and read and point where the plot sags or the writing goes astray, and only then are you ready to publish.