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.


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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