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.

But when Julia Keller, the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic, calls something a “revolution”, you sense things may be about to change.

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.”

‘Complete transition’

Tailored services like Amazon CreateSpace, Lulu and Smashwords have put creating and distributing a book firmly into the hands of anyone and everyone.

via BBC News – The authors who are going it alone online – and winning.

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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