Why I’m Mad About Self-Publishing Stigma

Liz Long probably speaking for many Indie-authors. Read her article. She rocks!! Thank you, Liz!

I’m mad.

What’s worse is that what I’m mad about is truly something out of my control. There’s not a thing I can do about it except keep pushing barriers. To hold my head high and keep on keepin’ on with the rest of the crowd.

You can probably guess why I’m angry thanks to the headline. Wait – no, I’m NOT mad about self-publishing. But rather the thoughts behind self-publishing and the ideas that we’re not as good or “real” as traditionally published authors.

The publishing system isn’t broken by any means, but the stigma behind “traditional” and “indie” publishing has really gotten my goat lately.

I’m independently published, or self-published. What does that mean? It means I do not have an agent or traditional publisher backing me. It means that I’m in control of my stories, my edits, my covers, my marketing, and everything else that goes along…

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What Not To Do When Sending Off Your Manuscript

Take this advice. It comes from an expert. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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All right, as some of you know, I recently did some work for a publishing press. What I did was read unsolicited manuscripts (stories sent by authors with no agent) and decide if my boss should read it and publish it. During the weeks I spent doing this, I came to discover that authors really do have the worst habits.

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Time To Cast Yer #Vote Me #Hearties! Let’s Pick A Name Fer This Here #PirateShip!

We’re ready to vote for author P.S. Bartlett’s Pirate Ship. Please help with your vote. I’m sure it’s fun. She listed all these great names!

Author P.S. Bartlett

“Here, every man is equal.” ~Billy Bones

Billy Bones

Leaving the poll up a few more days! You can vote more than once so please do. 

If you know anything about pirates, one of the most important matters aboard a ship is that all crew members get a vote on everything relating to ship business. I’d like to apply the same principles here for the naming of my newest pirate ship. She’s captained by a fearless and ruthless pirate, who goes by the name of Black Eye Woodley, in my forthcoming novel, Jaded Tides. However, this fine upstanding gentleman and his equally as ruthless cast of colorful characters aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. They’ll definitely be sailing straight through into my next installment in the Razor’s Adventure Series, so keep a weathered eye on the horizon mates!

I’ve chosen my favorite suggestions from all of the posts here on my blog, as…

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Hello from the Writer’s Room, are you still there?

Laurie Smith, a friend of mine who is not only an extraordinary author (Writer of the “Death Series”, Mountain of Death, Valley of Death, River of Death) – but he as well is an amazing photographer and shares his pictures on his blog. This is another series of pictures I admire. Have a peek.