I just finished reading a self-published book. It’s the first self-published book I’ve read and I didn’t go straight for a freebie. I actually paid $2.99 to an unknown author who hosts a rather witty blog. The verdict? Not good. In fact, quite disappointing. Most of the book was a classic example of tell and not show. It was well edited and formatted but, in my opinion, rather underdeveloped.
Having said that, some readers enjoyed it. Opinionated but not a professional, mine could just have been a clash in taste but having taken several creative writing classes, I pretty sure this would have gotten a C grade. It did make me wonder though, how will I know when my book is ready?
My friends, family and even hired help can fix my writing but who’s going to be courageous enough to tell me it’s boring or cliché or redundant? That’s a publisher’s job, much like gallery owner deciding what is worthy enough to go on the walls. It has its cons but also benefits. I fear, even reviewers will be overwhelmed by the plethora of self-published books stacking up on the e-book shelves. It’s going to take a lot effort and wasted money to find something good.