“Self Published” is No Longer a Dirty Word

The Master's Table

book Self publishing used to be problematic for many reasons. The quality of self-published works would immediately be suspect. If the manuscript was any good, why did all traditional publishing houses pass on it? Sometimes the quality of the physical book itself left something to be desired, from the materials used to the manufacturing process, not to mention the lack of quality graphics on the cover and potentially poor self-editing.

What if the manuscript was fantastic but no traditional publisher wanted to take a change on it? If a writer believed in his work he might pay out of pocket to have a few thousand copies printed, but then what? Self published authors typically stored boxes of books in their garage or basement and distributed them by hand. There were a few success stories even in the old days. L. Frank Balm’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first self published then…

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