Are Self-published Authors Respected in the Literary World?
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Do you belong to that old school of thought which advocates the idea that only traditional publishing can help an author garner respect? Are you still stuck with your first or next writing project due to your belief in this myth, and eventually you refrain from trying other options? Then read on, this article is meant exactly for you.
Now, with options like self-publishing, you don’t have to run from pillar to post to be a successful author, rather you need to think smartly. Leaving behind all myths, you should invest your time more in writing instead of wasting it by running behind traditional publishing companies.
Many popular authors started their writing careers by self-publishing their works. From double Booker Prize awardee Margaret Atwood’s, Double Persephone, a collection of seven poems, Edward Tufte’s four classic books on data visualization to Ashwin Sanghi’s, The Rozabal Line, are all self-published books. The list is quite long.
There is a growing change in perception within the literary community about indie authors. Nowadays, their potential to tell creative and fresh stories are getting good recognition with a consensus that they would have chosen self-publishing as the medium for publishing due to varied reasons.
Stepping stone for your writing career
For many authors, self-publishing proves to be a first step towards getting their next publishing projects. The best-seller author Andie Weir initially failed to sell his first book, The Martian, so he began uploading free chapters on his website and then put the book in Kindle at a much cheaper price. By 2013, the book became so popular that he was offered by a big publishing giant to buy the book for $100,000. For Weir self-publishing proved to be a stepping stone for his writing career. The reverse is also true where many traditionally publishing authors are turning towards self-publishing due to the freedom and high royalty, they get from it.
Go with authentic self-publishing companies
Self-publishing can be your launching pad as an author and with it, you might attain great success too, but that path also needs to be trodden with caution. One major problem with this approach is that anybody and anything can be published. Hence, you need to choose a self- publishing company that can ensure that your final copy is error-free, and has good quality. Some publishing companies might lure you into free publishing without even helping you with your shortcomings and errors. You need to remember that nothing is free and everything comes with its price. It’s better to get your work edited and proofread well and to take proper guidance at every step of publishing like book cover designing, marketing, etc.
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