Monday Musings (Memorial Day Edition): The Self-Publishing Stigma

I apologize in advance for assigning campy names for my weekly memes. What can I say, I crumbled under peer pressure. Everyone does it…

So that brings us to my Monday Musings topic: The self-publishing stigma. Self-publishing has increased dramatically over the last couple of years. When I first started shopping my novel, I was under the impression that self-pub was the kiss of death.

But in the days of 50 Shades and Wallbanger, with self-pubbed authors getting big book deals, has it all changed? How do you feel about self-published books? Do you automatically avoid them? Do you treat them differently than other books?

If self-publishing loses the stigma of lower quality reads completely, will it completely saturate the market, eventually rendering traditional publishing obsolete?

Personally, I’m not ready to give up on the dream of traditional publishing. While I use ebooks myself, there’s something about being able to walk into a bookstore and purchase a title that lends some credibility to the writing: this work had to win over agents, editors, and publishers before it made it to my TBR pile. Although from an author’s perspective, 100% profit isn’t anything to sniff at either.

My work is somewhat in the middle, not big-six, not self-published. I went with a small indie press with a more personal touch. I’m not sure what I would do if I had my choice of any publishing avenue that existed. It’s all food for thought. Speaking of which, I’d love to hear yours. Vote in my poll below or leave a comment. Thanks!

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