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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2015, 09:26:41 AM »
No, I think that saying that self published authors are killing literature is a misconception.  Just like when one publihed author signaled out the self published writers as being lazy but later apologize for such a callous remark. The thing is self published authors aren't lazy they have spent years with a dream of wanting to be a writer just like the published author did.  The only difference is the publishing market wouldn't take a chance on them or didn't have to room for them.  Its not the easiest of markets to break into sometimes its down right impossible to get into. 

So, when e-books came along many saw it as a chance to fullfill that dream.  Are all e-books well written, no but I got news for you not all published books are well written.  I have seen some that were done through publishers that had bad grammar, bad spelling and inconsistencies.  Not to mention look horrible in e-book form because no one took the time to properly format them for an e-book.  These books are suppose to have had a professional edit by the publishing house yet there are times when you have to wonder if they were edited.  But of course many will be more critical of the self pulished author because they weren't backed by a publishing house.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2015, 12:31:09 AM »
I don't have anything bad to say about self-publishing. It's actually a good way of promoting your works and that's everyone's freedom. I mean, sometimes, the world just won't listen, so you try your best just to let them hear you.

If you don't like reading ebooks, then don't read/buy them. No one's forcing you anyway. We have our own preferences, tastes, and ideals. We've just got to respect one another.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2015, 07:19:17 AM »
Why do we even list self-publishing eBooks in the literature category? Not everything published online or by big publishing companies can go into this category. Unless I miss-understood the word "literature", but to me this word has a different meaning and constitute a higher level before we can list all self-publishing eBooks/actual books in it.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2015, 08:17:04 AM »
Yes, being one of those so called wanna be's I have heard this as well.  Those who say it act as if the self published community woke up one morning and decided I want to be a writer then went to write down whatever they wanted then went to get it published out here online.  I don't know maybe there are some like that, but I'm not.  I spent years writing books and I had even submitted some to publishers, but was turn down.  Mainly because this isn't the easiest of industries to become a part of, its like an exclusive club.  For me self publishing was a dream come true I could finally share my stories.  Yes, this did over saturate the market but those who are well known in lterature are always going to have their fan base, I think the satruation ironically hurt the self published author far more then the published one.


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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2015, 10:27:48 AM »
I'm of the same mind as @SpiketheLobster and @Alex. I can see both sides, and there are good and bad aspects to self-publishing. As with handmade crafts, once the market opens up, it tends to be flooded with both good and low quality items, and it's up to the audience to sort through them and choose which they prefer. I do think it was difficult in the past to be published, and was geared toward those with money and connections, leading to a built-in market for those already in the field. Self-publishing has opened up the field to newcomers, which can lead to new material, and also attract new readers looking for fresh themes.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2015, 11:48:39 AM »
I don't think self publishing is killing literature at all. In fact, I think it encourages creativity.

In any case, self-publishers rarely have the advertising budget which is available to the bigger publishing houses so there is little danger of them overtaking them.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2015, 12:15:48 PM »
I don't believe it is killing literature, but I think it is giving newbies a chance to get their work to the masses. Granted, this isn't going to be as big of a market as a well-established, New York Times best-selling author, but it is better than being rejected, and not seen at all. Years ago, before the internet's self-publishing became big, I attempted to sell numerous copies of a short story. I was rejected a lot, even by magazine's that did not pay! It is not an easy career to break into, so self-publishing (especially online) is a lot more cost-effective, and can give the "little guy" more opportunities.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2015, 12:36:35 PM »
I read it was a good idea to self-publish a couple of smaller pieces so potential publishers could see your work and that you were serious. That's why I published a small memoir, which also enabled me to have an Amazon author page and Goodreads author page. From there you can promote yourself more effectively to publishing houses, as you can only have the pages once a book has been published.

This can help writers on the marketing ladder, but the thing is there are so many ways to use self-publishing, that it is now a business.

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