The Sunday Salon – Self-Published Books

Over the years, I’ve read self-published books. If the author can tell me a good story, entertain me, enlightenment me, I’m along for the ride. Many bloggers don’t read or review self-published books and I understand why they have that rule. I’ve had bad experiences with self-published books too —formats don’t work, copious spelling and grammar mistakes, poor editing, and in some cases, obviously no editor at all. This post isn’t about the problems with self-published books though so I’ll stop with the examples.

Now, and this is an important point — I’m not asking to be sent self-published books. Please don’t do that! Also, I’ve stopped accepting all review copies for the time being. See my review policy here. Yes, I have rules too.

What I’m saying is, I have paid for self-published books and enjoyed them. I’ve found some through my Nook (my e-reader of choice), and some on websites and blogs of self-published authors.

Why mention this? Maybe I was feeling today should be a book blogger confession post. In fact, you’ll be seeing a review for a self-published book soon. It was a book I enjoyed and was happy to find out recently that a sequel is in the works.

I have no problem supporting authors with my reading, be it those published through traditional publishing houses and those that have taken the self-publishing route. Writing is not an easy job but I want to support the ones I find entertaining by purchasing their books and will continue to do so as long as I enjoy their writing.

I’m absolutely sure somewhere in the publishing industry an editor has screamed out loud and would hate me for saying any of this but I see no reason not to say it. I talk about books, all types of books, and read a vast array of books. I’m not going to not talk about some just because the books are self-published.

Do you read self-published books? Thoughts on self-published books — good, bad , no opinion?

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4 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Self-Published Books

  1. I’m super picky about self published books. I want to like them and to support the “little guy” but I hate having to wade through the muck. An occasional spelling mistake or grammar mistake is understandable but I shouldn’t feel like I need a red pen to read your book. That’s completely unacceptable.

    I’ve pretty much stopped accepting self pubs because for the most part they don’t interest me. (Of course I’ll make an exception if it sounds really good.)

    • I agree. I stopped reading them for a while because I found all the mistakes frustrating. Then, I started to find a few that were worthy and it changed my mind. I still say in my review policy that I don’t accept self published books and that won’t change but I’ve been reading a few of them over the last several months and have been pleased with what I found. Funny how things change.

  2. I guess I never really got why people limit themselves by reading only ‘this’ or ‘that’…my sister for instance will only read non fiction. Why? You are missing out on some great reads. So I never refuse a good book…no matter the subject, the publisher, etc ! 🙂

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