Well, today is the official release date of my book, Down a Lost Road. As of this moment, it is undergoing the publishing process at Kindle, and is in queue at Smashwords…and the proof copy of my paperback is on its way to me. So, all that being the case, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to talk about self-publishing.
Now, I know there are writers and laymen out there who probably hear the phrases “self-publish” or “indie author” and crinkle their noses up in disgust. How do I know that? My nose has a line across the bridge from all the crinkling it used to do at the very same phrases. I was a very pompous stickler for the “real” publishing process. And my thoughts on those who stoop to self-publish ran along these lines:
Self-publishing is cheating. Obviously no self-published book could ever withstand the scrutiny of a real professional. Obviously every self-published book failed to gain attention in the “real” publishing world because they are all #@$!. Obviously the author was lazy. Or they aren’t “serious” writers. Self-publishing is for losers.
So…why the change of heart?