The Self-Publishing Question

Amanda K Byrne

I was talking with a friend at work the other day, and she waved a hand at her computer. On her screen was the cover and blurb for a book up on Wattpad, a site where you can post your stories for free, to be read for free. She wanted to know if I’d read the story, and then proceeded to tell me it was written by a teenager and she’d just landed a contract with a Big 5 publisher.

My first reaction was to scream and throw a tantrum like the two year old that I am. It seems to happen a lot, these self-published books, getting snapped up by publishers with big bucks for the authors, and when I go read the reviews of said books by sources I actually trust, I hear they’re fair to middling, with the occasional “hey, this shit is actually good” thrown…

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