- The stigma. For decades people who couldn’t get published would go to a vanity press and pay to have books made. Sometimes the books might have been quality stories that just couldn’t catch the attention of the right agent, but 90 percent of the time these were horrible books written by people who did not bother to learn proper grammar. Now, it’s easy to get books printed on demand but the 90 percent factor is still at play. Anyone can get a book printed or published as an e-book, and now that’s it truly simple and practically free, everybody’s doing it, whether they have any sense of story creation, plot development or even subject/verb agreement. Sometimes it seems they haven’t bothered to give it another read themselves. So the stigma of self-publishing is that authors who weren’t good enough for a real publisher took the easy way out and published their own books. That’s not completely untrue, unfortunately, but there a lot of great books out there that have to work hard to stand out. Perfect segue!
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