So as I’ve said probably a million times before, I’m going to self-publish a book. The book is all written (I think) and in the process of getting its shit together (I hope). And as I also know I’ve said before, I have no idea what comes next.
Enter the Insatiable Booksluts’ post about self-publishing. Well, one of many of their posts about self-publishing. No, I don’t plan on making a fake company so I can pretend to be not self-published. Some of the comments to the post insist that self-publishing is a noble profession itself. A point belied by the overarching theme of the post and the comments, but whatev (seriously, I feel kind of like the respectable self-published author is like the token black friend. Oh, I like you. It’s those other expletives I can’t stand). But the take away for me was, damn, it sucks to be self-published. I don’t know what my goals are out of it (see, I have no idea what comes next), but it would be nice to not be lumped in a group of people who aren’t taken seriously. The comments to the post were overwhelming, helpful, and discouraging. Apparently, not a lot of book bloggers will read self-published books. Not because they’re snobs, but because we suck. Or, there’s too much suck so it’s not worth the trouble of going through all the suck to find something that doesn’t suck.
So, I say, bring on the suck. I’m going to review a self-published book once a month on this space. No, I don’t have a lot of followers. I don’t know if this will help anyone. But it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
How is this thing going to work?
I’m going to start by going to smashwords and trying to find something that looks interesting (and cheap). Or, if an author wants me to review their book, please ask. I’ll probably read just about anything, but I have a preference for time travel, vampires, and pirates. If you write about time traveling vampire pirates, please let me know! But I’m making no promises as to whether or not I’ll like it. I’m going to be brutally honest, but I’m going to try to find something good in something I don’t like.
So stay tuned. Next month, I’ll bring you a review of _________ (could be your book).