Self-Publishing: Lame or Legitimate?

23 07 2012

It seems like there are more opportunities for becoming self-published than ever before. With all the internet social networking sites, it sounds like marketing your books should also be easier.

 

There’s still a big part of me that thinks that’s the way to go – if you can’t get an agent or publisher to look your way. Check out this post from writer and social networking guru Kristen Lamb. The Five Mistakes Killing Self-Published Authors.

I downloaded a Kindle from Amazon that was self-published. It’s the first book in a fantasy series by a friend on WANA Tribe (Ms. Lamb’s social networking site for artists). It was well-written and a good story. She hired a professional editor and someone to create the cover art. The rest of it, she did herself – and the book is available in Kindle or paper.

What do you think, readers? Do you think self-publishing is a cop-out? Or do you think the new trend is all about e-readers and cutting out the middle man by “doing it yourself” seems like good business? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this dilemma.

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