this is a discussion thread on GoodReads, http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1109014-are-self-published-books-inherently-inferior,
and here is my response:
“i am a self published author and released my first thriller on all good ebook stores a couple of weeks back.
i am also a consumer of ‘published’ fiction.
the only difference between ‘published’ fiction and self published fiction is that the former has a support system for authors and the latter doesn’t.in the latter, the author does everything himself.
does that mean ‘published’ fiction will deliver a better product?
that depends on what you define a product. if you are looking for good covers, sophisticated publicity, then yes ‘published’ fiction will have an edge.
if you are looking for a good story by way of product, then the percentage of good ‘published’ books will not be any higher than that of indie books. in fact the % of good indie stories will be higher simply because of access to go-to-market for indie authors.
yes there are many indie books that can be better edited and have basic syntax errors and these deserve to be pointed out.
it is all too easy to sit in the comfort of one’s living room and do a ‘Simon Cowell’ on an indie writer.
at the end of the day a self published author decided to stick his head above the parapet and put his writing out there for the market to decide, without the cushion of a publishing house to insulate him.
that takes more courage than many readers think and i wish readers and reviewers take that into cognizance.
self publishing is here to stay. that does not mean traditional publishing will die. it will have to change the way traditional music publishers have had to.
in the music world, indie music co-exists with traditional record labels and it will be no different in the publishing world. “