Wednesday, August 1, 2012
It's All White Noise To Me.
I'm not against self-publishing per se. But I do think it's far too easy nowadays.
From time to time, writers ask me to read their self-published work. Even to pay for it. Then they tell me they made their story available because it had been rejected everywhere.
Hmmm, so you want me to pay for a multi-rejected story. A story that is probably flawed and lacking. Let's see, for a couple of dollars more I can buy a pro-mag that has up to ten stories by pro-writers that have been selected and polished by a pro-editor.
That's not to say there isn't some great self-published work out there. There are some very capable writers who self-publish older work, or upload stories as a promotional tool. And even unknown writers who release the occasional gem, but these are exceptions and rarities.
But there's loads of sub-standard work out there, too much white noise. I choose not to add to it until I have reached a self-imposed standard.
And I already have far too many books to read without downloading more from amid the static.