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You Take the High Road, I’ll Take the Higher Road…

A few days ago, a question came to the email group for the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, a network of professional freelance editors who are both thoughtful and have very good grammar. A member asked the question that plagues many modern authors: should I self publish or seek a publisher? More specifically, this editor wanted to know why there was so much antagonism in the discussion. “I have never heard anyone complain at all about self-publishing photographers or artists of any other kind. But the notion of a self-publishing author seems to make some blood boil: What’s behind that? What does a traditional book-publishing experience offer the writer, and ultimately the reader, that a self-publishing experience takes away?” I thought her comparison of writers to “self publishing” photographers or artists was an interesting one, and it did cast a positive light over the discussion. The emails started to fly, based partly on this fabulous article about The Martian […]

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