Today’s aspiring authors have a great advantage over those from years past. Self publishing has arrived!
Amazon, Barnes and Noble and several others have created a platform that allows writers to publish their works for sale on-line at no financial cost. Just open an account, follow the instructions and “Hocus-Pocus” — you’re a published author. It’s that easy. And therein lies the problem. It’s too easy!
The gift of self publishing is truly remarkable and appreciated by many. But, the ease of self publishing has caused a few problem of it’s own. Now, anyone who thinks they’re a writer can publish on line, often clogging up the Internet, making it difficult for serious authors to be found. Some are school kids who mean well but publish five page booklets with horrific spelling and pathetic grammar. At least, I certainly hope that’s the case. Because it would be really difficult for me to understand that any adult with a high school education could write some of the trash I’ve bumped into on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. And, by trash — I don’t mean content. I’m speaking about the mechanics of the written word. Spelling, grammar and punctuation can easily be corrected by most word processing programs. In spite of those tools, errors will still get by writers and editors alike. However, it appears some self publishers have paid no attention whatsoever to the many helps available — helps that would have made their documents more readable, digestible, respectable and salable. Therefore, they have created road blocks for the thousands of aspiring writers making serious efforts to reveal digital stories to the world.
Beginners make beginning mistakes. In the excitement of getting started they have a tendency to hurry through the process, not paying attention to detail or doing their homework in advance. Although my work was not published to the drastic extremes mentioned above, I’ve also learned lessons the hard way setting some of my own progress back a bit.
Today, I spend serious time daily researching, studying and learning from other authors and writers. My first stop every morning is at the Amazon Community of Authors and Publishers. Amazon’s online forum is a free service to all subscribers. So, open an account — then open your mind to learn from the best.
Remember…self publishing is an opportunity those before us never had. Use it. Don’t abuse it.
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