When I was doing my MFA, one of my classes partook in an online chat with a self-published and traditionally published author. She had done well for herself; I don’t remember her name or the books she wore. They were YA Distopia.
But – the point:
We all had to have questions for her, and mine was along the lines of how self-published authors are assumed to be bad writers because they self-published. Her response went onto a sticky note that is now on my hutch:
“The stigma of self-publishing is lessening. I am interested in making a living, not approval.”
Oh, snap! How awesome is that? It is true that the indie market is FLOODED with poorly written self-published books, but there some well-written ones. Don’t let the fog of the self-published stamp weigh you down. It’s disheartening when people talk down about the self-published industry, and while I realize that there is a huge downside, there’s also an upside.
I am my own boss. I am my own editor-in-chief. I am the designer. I say what font I want. I am the final say-so in every decision in the process. I am also the coin purse, the publicist, and the entire marketing department.
Being an indie author doesn’t mean that someone is a bad writer – yes, it is a precaution, but there are exceptions to every rule. (I’ve started to read some traditionally published books that were worse than some indie books, so again – it’s about taste.)
It’s the old “don’t judge a book,” but instead of the cover, you shouldn’t judge by the publisher.