I won’t bother to preface this post with an introduction to the topic of self-publishing. Whether you’re in publishing or not, the words have been bandied about plenty, especially after the success of 50 Shades of I-Can’t-Bear-To-Think-Of-It. I’ve read many an article on the subject and for the most part I’ve stayed strong to believing that self-publishing *on the whole* doesn’t do the individual or the industry many favors.
I recently read an article by Jonathan Bennett that had a sentence I just couldn’t shake:
“It used to be that waiting, rejection, indifference and silence were honoured and, indeed, essential aspects of professional, literary writing.”
Read the full article here.
It struck a major chord in my mind. I’ve always believed that there can be no success without failure. By all means, let’s have more opportunities in publishing. But if everyone’s written-word becomes worthy of publication (isn’t it already? Case in point: blogs) and sales, does the term success change? Of course. Will book snobbery be at an all-time high? You betcha. Most importantly, is the integrity of the work and, in conjunction the industry, compromised when there are no hurdles to jump and everything is permissible? I think so.
This post is not one where I choose to regale you all with my thoughts on self-publishing. I’m just curious to know what you think. What do you think self-publishing can do? Opinions can vary depending on whether you’re looking at it from a consumer, publisher, seller, or author point of view. I’d love to hear them all!