What’s your thoughts on self-publishing and the writers who do such a thing…?
There I was, really happy that a) I’d written a whole novel b) I’d found a way to share it with the world and c) people are reading it and leaving reviews. And then I came across a forum tonight where someone has burst my bubble that I’d quite happily found myself floating around in.
In response to someone asking about giving ‘Author Talks’ in schools, he replied: I’m a qualified teacher, and I wouldn’t let a self-published author within a mile of any school I taught in. Quite apart from the oily self-promotion aspect, I don’t think it’s appropriate to teach children to aspire to mediocrity. “Hey kids, write a book, and then stick it on Kindle when no one wants to publish it.”
Now, I’ve no idea if anyone wants to publish my book or not – I never approached an agent or publisher, I just wanted to write a book and publish it. But, I’m a great believer in encouraging children to read and to write. And, if they faced the barrier of an agent/publisher rejecting their work, I’d want to show them that they can still achieve their dream, no matter what.
Is this aspiring to ‘mediocrity’? I’m offended by that comment, on behalf of the children out there who have enough knocks in life and believe they’re not good enough. Children need to be motivated, encouraged, given options in life. Would someone telling them about self-publishing harm them in some way??
Ooh, bit cross…what’s your thoughts on this?