Read and Review

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Monday, March 27, 2006

The first post from Read and Review will deal with self-publishing.

1) Is it good for the literary world?

2) Has anyone out there read any good self-published titles that they'd recommend?

3) Has anyone out there written a self-published title they'd like to share? Any tips for those looking to do the same...especially when it comes to marketing?

4) Which self-publishing companies are the best for the author?

The comment line is open, we'd love to hear your thoughts.

2 Comments:

Blogger Susan Higginbotham said...

Thanks for linking my blog! My own historical novel, The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II, was self-published. Marketing has been a challenge, but I've encountered small-press authors and e-press authors who also have to do all or most of their marketing themselves. I did consider going the traditional publishing route, querying agents and publishers, but that takes a great deal of patience, a virtue I'm rather short of, I'm afraid.

As for the effect self-publishing has had on the publishing industry, I think it's a good one--the more books the merrier, as far as I'm concerned. Self-publishing isn't squeezing good books off the shelf, merely creating more options. Moreover, self-publishing has been used to put some out-of-print traditionally published books back into circulation. Cecelia Holland, a well-thought-of historical novelist, has used iUniverse to do this with a couple of her books.

Have you seen the blog POD-dy Mouth? The blogger, a traditionally published author, chooses POD books (mostly self-published ones) that strike her as having merit and reviews them on her blog. She's come up with some interesting finds.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Reviewer said...

Thanks for the tip on the new blog, I will be adding it to the blogroll. ANd thanks for the comments.

2:13 PM  

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