Just a few years ago, if you self-published anything, you would be laughed out of town when it came to your influence and credibility as a writer.
I remember when I was in college, my creative writing teacher was self-published, and I was not impressed, because in my mind, if you had to publish your own stuff, then you basically sucked as a writer. Honesty, I still believe he was a terrible writer, but that could be just because he gave me a “C” in the class. Seriously. I’m still upset about it. Just because I didn’t write a book in House of Leaves style, does not mean I needed a “C”! But whatever. It was about 10 years ago. I should be able to let that go, right?
Anyway, ever since e-readers came onto the scene, the stigma against self-publishing has become greatly reduced. While it is true that you are not considered a “true” author until you have something that a publishing company produced, you can still be a successful author simply by writing e-books. In fact, many established authors now write books exclusively for e-readers. Often, these authors write mini-books in one of their popular series, or explore a side of a universe that perhaps their print publisher doesn’t want to publish. Some authors also use e-books as a way to explore genres outside of their niche market.
Personally, I’ve changed my mind a lot about virtual authors. While I still want to be published by a “real” publisher one day, I no longer think it is terrible to publish something in e-book form. In fact, you’ll probably see some e-book stuff from me in the not-too-distant future. If your e-books become popular enough, sometimes a print publisher might even approach you to get the books in printed format. That’s pretty exciting to me.
So, what do you think? Are e-books still a lesser form of book?
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