Friday, September 24, 2021

{Book Blogger Hop} - Do You Prefer Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

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Are you more willing to read traditionally published books than self-published (Indie) books? Or do you not have a preference?

Submitted by Julie @ Stepping Stones Book Reviews.

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  Billy's Answer

I prefer to read traditionally published authors. I have nothing against self-published books. From time to time, I do review a select few. However, due to CreateSpace (aka Amazon), anyone with an idea can self-published a book. The #1 issue I have with this is a majority of these authors cannot write. Even a well-qualified editor can't save these books from being naturally bad. Many of these plots are recycle ones written by better authors. Don't get me wrong, there are talented self-published authors, but bad wrtiers have overpopulated the market, and it's hard to find the 'real' authors from the fakers.

I hope I haven't offended anyone with my above statement, but that's how I feel about self-published books. On a side note, I like reading books published by indie publishers.  

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  1. Indie publishers kind of are the perfect middleground where great independent authors get the rigorous editing and publicity help they otherwise lack. I have read some amazing self-published fiction, but sometimes you do have to dig through some less inventive attempts. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

    1. Don't get me wrong. There are some good self-pub books out there, but the not-so-good authors outnumber the talented ones. Everyone and I mean everyone, is self-publishing any idea that pops into their mind. The majority of the self-pub books I have read were difficult to read because of bad editing, and in some cases - horrible writing.

      I agree, Indie publishers have stepped up their game in recent years.

  2. There can be issues to the self published books like you said. I think that's why I never went that route with the manuscript I keep working on. My family tells me to just go that route but they don't get the quirks of publishing...and I only know what I know as a reader too! Lol.

    I do have one self published author I enjoy reading and I know I've got a handful of others who might be more indie published. I enjoy them all really, but I do tend to stick with more traditionally published authors.

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  3. I read a lot of indie authors but there definitely is a lot of chaff to sort through to get to the wheat. However I've read books published traditionally that aren't very good either, and the problem with trad publishing is that they can have very rigid expectations of what is "acceptable" in a book. A big indicator of quality is how frequently an author publishes books, I avoid anyone who churns out a new book every few weeks/months as those are rarely any good.

  4. I read both. There are some really great self published authors out there but often you do have to wade through the some really bad ones. But I love finding a great "new" author.

  5. I read both, but my genre choice lends itself more to self publishing than traditional publishing due to the material - the best authors have built teams to support themselves in crafting their best work - and those indie authors become one clicks for me.. others don't take the tieme to listen and they end up on my dnr list

  6. You should give Self-pub books more of a chance. Rage of Dragons was initially a self-pub book before Orbit picked it up. I don't look at who publishes a book for the most part, I read the synopsis and go from there. If it sounds interesting and something I might like, I read it.

    1. From my reading experiences, there are more bad self-published authors than there are good ones. Finding a decent self-published book is like finding a needle in a haystack. I'm not saying there aren't great self-published authors, but finding them can be difficult. Everyone and his cousin are publishing their books. Sadly, this overcrowds the self-pub market.


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