BBC News – The authors who are going it alone online – and winning
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“Company policy, not mine. Were it up to me, we would. The revolution is not yet complete.”
A change in policy at the 164-year-old Chicago Tribune is not something to be taken lightly.
She’s referring to her newspaper’s policy on reviewing self-published books. It’s a simple one: they don’t.
And until recently, it would be unthinkable to even consider over-ruling it as an obvious method of quality control.
After all, why would any newspaper – particularly one of the world’s most respected – be bothered reading the work of an author who for whatever reason couldn’t find anyone to publish their work?”
There was a definite stigma clinging to it,” Ms Keller continues.
“A bad odour that reeked of desperation and flagrant ego.”
But as more self-published authors hit the big time, that reputation is perhaps beginning to drift away.
“That odour is almost completely banished.
“Now, I think of a self-published author as an entrepreneur, an energetic soul determined to forge her or his own destiny in the cultural world.”
Strange Random Publishing Quote:
“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.” – Charles Caleb Colton (English sportsman and writer, 1780-1832)
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