If you are a writer, or want to be, you may have a really certain opinion when it comes to self-publishing. People seem to love it or hate it, and few fall somewhere in between. Book clubs, writer’s federations and associations have heated debates about it. Is a book “credible” if it is considered self-published? What qualifies a book as “published” vs. “self-published” exactly? If a work is well-written, has a message that is worth sharing and needs to be on paper or on-line in order to share, is it less of a book than something that is on the shelf in a bookstore?
The thing is that sometimes, folks believe that anything that is self-published has to be crap. It’s true that a lot of self-published work is not well written, and may not be edited either (my first novel is an example of that). As a writer, we should all get better as we hone our skills, and make the journey from someone who calls themselves a writer to where they are recognized professionally. Just try getting certified; I did, it was worth it, and yes, it means that you prove yourself over and over again for that level of recognition. It took some darned hard work before PWAC certified me as a professional freelance writer, and then I hired an editor and designer to back me up so that what I write also looks good.
Here’s a good article from The New York Times about the self-publishing discussion.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/books/28selfpub.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink