Monday, September 29, 2014

[Coffee Shop Talks] Self Published vs. Traditionally Published Authors!



What are your thoughts on self-published vs. traditionally published authors?


I've actually had several bad experiences with self-published novels so I tend to stick with traditionally published authors. I don't think all self-published authors produce poorly written or badly edited stories like the ones I've come across. Not at all. But I also won't pick up a self-published story unless it comes highly recommended by other bloggers that I trust or it's something written by a friend. 


What are your thoughts on self-published vs. traditionally published authors?





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7 comments:

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

As long as the self published author goes through the editorial process, I don't mind them. There are some that feel that, since they are self published, they can skip steps on publishing. That is not the case and I will DNF very quickly. Most of the one's I've read have not had editing issues. I don't think it is as bad as when we first started seeing self published books.

Addicted2Heroines said...

It has been a long time since I've read a self-published book. If there has been a lot of improvements, then I may need to take a chance and give a new self-pub author a try.

fishgirl182 said...

I have the same attitude. Unless someone I know recommends it, it is unlikely that I will pick up a self pubbed book. I just have limited reading time and I try to go for things that I think I'll like. Too much chance with self pubbed though I do read them if someone I know loves it or the cover catches my eye.

Traci Horton said...

There is a risk of a badly written, badly edited book with self-published and I've come across my fair share. But I've also come across some that are excellent and have hired editing out. I tend to check out a book more if it's self-published and if it's available will look at Amazon's excerpts for that first chapter or so. You can usually tell pretty quickly if it's one you should stay away from. Of course, getting a good recommendation from a friend or fellow blogger helps too!

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I've had way more bad experiences with self-published novels than good ones, so as a general rule I avoid them. I can't stand editing issues, or when the fat hasn't been trimmed (i.e. when 100+ pages could have been cut because they don't do anything to advance the story). I feel bad putting them all in the same basket, but I just don't have time to waste to find that needle in a haystack.

Olivia-Savannah said...

You can get a lot of great self published novels, but then a lot of bad quality ones too, and ones that need serious editing done to the job as well. So yes, I would say that I usually read traditionally published (because e-arcs, paperback arcs and books I choose are usually found in that form) but I don't mind the occasional self published. If it's bad quality I will DNF it.

http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/09/waiting-for-dusk-book-review-giveaway.html

Bregje said...

I pretty much feel the same way as you do. I don't usually pick up sef published books unless a lot of people have recommended it. The first self published book I ever read was pretty bad. The author was a native English speaker but she made a lot of mistakes that I (as a non native English speaker) could easily point out (such as using 'there' when actually meaning 'their'). It really stopped me from fully enjoying the book. If the author had just let someone edit it...

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