In a previous post (here), I discussed some of the mental challenges that aspiring writers face, specifically related to attempts to start a professional career. It’s difficult to juggle the desire to make a career of your passion when the act of getting into the public market detracts from what makes the passion so alluring. I think that this is broadly experienced by a lot of writers working for those first few steps of recognition, but the solution may not be as ubiquitous. Take the rest of this post with a spoonful of salt. This is about where I am personally.
Self-publishing is a very interesting topic because it is gaining traction as a legitimate avenue. Traditional publishing has historically played a large role in deciding what was “good enough” to expose to the public on a broad scale. While it necessarily puts a lot of power into the hands of the publishers, it also gave readers that level of confidence that if something made it through the gamut of trials it must have at least some positive qualities. In contrast, there can be a stigma that if something is self-published, then it must not have met those standards. There are more books, stories, and articles than I could possibly read in the short and valuable time that I have available. Why should I waste it on something that couldn’t make the cut? Continue reading