If you've been around long enough, you've probably heard or participated in the ongoing discussion on the merits of self-publishing. The consensus seems to be that only another self-published author considers the process reputable. The remaining 95% believe self-publishing is a nasty deed performed by deluded and undisciplined hackers pretending to know what good writing is, or what readers want.
Can you tell which group I belong to?
The wonderful thing about being a new writer today is the accessibility to information on any subject you deem interesting. If you're determined to self-publish or already have, and now you want to change attitudes, how do you go about doing that? By writing the very best novel you can possibly write. And how do you do that? By taking advantage of the accessibility to the hundreds and possibly thousands of experts online on writing. And when you're not doing that? You're writing, editing, revising and rewriting. Need to study characterizations, dialogue, grammar, or marketing? The help is as close as your fingertips. Need a good critique partner. Yo, wide world of web!
If you're self-published and you're tired of other writers assuming you're a fake, then here's my story. Maybe it can help.
Instead, here's an exercise: Go to Google or your favourite search engine and type in How to self-publish a bestseller.
Did you just receive over 6 million links?
See what I mean?
No, I'm not advocating that all self-published novels are well written. But neither are all traditionally published ones. We need to remove labels and start judging books by their content. Some publishers are donkeys, some are horse, and some are just plain mules. But you can ride them all.
When my grandmother was a young mother, one of her daughter's asked her why girls couldn't be doctors or lawyers, or even vote. My grandmother said because only men knew what was best. She said that in 1915, and of course, she grew to see the nonsense of that declaration. So, I'm not begging or demanding that you follow my way of thinking, but to consider not why attitudes like my grandmother's changed, but how. How does any attitude that doesn't promote equality or the freedom of choice come about?
In all fairness, I'm not sure if my grandmother actually said this or if it was a ploy to get me to think.