I was listening to a podcast yesterday and they were playing a recording of a convention, a horror one. This was first posted a while ago (I’m playing catch up) and this one writer basically said (I can’t remember his exact words) that self published writers had not been Chosen to be published. Now I got the distinct feeling that this guy had a real problem with all indie authors who had put their own work out. I think he was getting at the fact that an editor had not chosen to publish their work. My immediate reaction was that the reader made that decision (Someone in the audience did say that) That us exactly how I feel about self-pub. When I get things up on Kindle or iBooks etc. I will be judged by the people who read my work, if they like it they will say nice things about it (hopefully) and then tell all their friends about it. I do full intend to submit short stories to the various magazines but for my longer fiction I want to publish it myself. I know I’m not going to sell thousands and thousands of my work, but I judge the reader to decide whether it’s any good.
It’s not like the old days where it was all but impossible to our work out into the world. We live in a time where if someone has a story in them, they can get it to the readers. If its crap, it will disappear into the internet and never be seen again, but if its okay then people will give it a try. If it’s more than okay then lots of people will give it a try, and if it’s amazingly great. The publishers will find it and throw money at the person who wrote it.
It doesnt matter who wrote it, or how it gets to the reader, as long as it gets to the reader. That is all that matters.