A super post! Thank you from a wanna-be self-published author for putting this blunt advice out there. Having said that, I greatly fear that the people who need to take this to heart most are the very ones who will blow it off. Sad, but the thing that makes self-publishing so appealing (no gatekeepers) is also what makes it possible for unprofessional yahoos to publish just as easily as dedicated writers.
Luckily, their poor covers, unedited content, and clueless attitudes will bring them down. Not so luckily, they may bring others down as well.
1/6/2014 – AN UPDATE ON THE UPDATE – I have been approving 100% of the comments left on this post. I haven’t hidden a single thing. I have received exactly FOUR pieces of negative feedback on this open letter, three of which were about my use of profane language. Due to this, I feel it necessary to issue this warning: I say ‘fuck’ a lot. If you don’t like it, take a hike because you’re not going to like what you’re about to read. Sorry to be a bitch about it but this is MY blog. That’s like going to someone’s house and ragging at them because of the way they do something in their own home. Had I posted it on YOUR blog, you’d have the right to complain about it. Instead, you’re posting the comment just to have something to say.
GOING FORWARD: WE HAVE ALREADY…
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