: a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something
Stigma. Truth be told, it sucks.
I’m a fairly new Self-Published Author, with just a little under a year under my belt. Throughout that short amount of time, I’ve learned something very important – there is an unfortunate stigma with Self-Published/Indie Authors.
Now, now, before you get all overly critical of me, let me digress. There are many, MANY Self-Published/Indie supportive readers and bloggers out there, for all of whom I am greatly appreciative and thankful for. Without you, I wouldn’t keep on keeping on 🙂 You all give me the excitement and the encouragement to navigate through this crazy literary world 😉
However, among the countless supporters, there are still many who place Self-Published Authors beneath Traditionally Published Authors. Sadly, I have faced these people as well.
Before I became an author, I was (and still am) an avid reader. Amazon’s One-Click is my vice. Click after click after click, I am accumulating countless books. Both my kindle and (unfortunately) my wallet, feel the brunt of my many purchases. Throughout my readings binges, I never once checked to see if the author was traditionally published or an Self-Published. In fact, many of my favorite books came from Indie Authors. J.A. Redmerski, Tina Reber, Colleen Hoover – I loved their stories not even knowing they were self-published! They are my inspirations. To me, it didn’t matter that their novels were self-published. I loved their stories and that was all that mattered. They were the authors that pushed me (whether they know it or not) to follow a lifelong dream and publish, Green.
As I’ve said before, Self-Publishing is no easy task. Nonetheless, I absolutely love it. I get to share my stories with the world! Unfortunately, I still get faced with situations where certain people will not give my stories a chance because I am Self-Published. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do understand their predicament. There are countless authors who want the same amount of exposure for their own novels. Why spend the time on an unknown Indie Author when there is a Traditionally Published Author with Publisher and Publicist backing? Unfortunately, this treatment is not fair for all the Indies out there.
Editing – this was one of the many reasons why reviewers will turn down self-published novels. “Every book deserves an editor.” I know that editing (or lack thereof) is a big concern as to why many publications, blogs, etc. will not review a novel. Yet, though some Indie Authors (myself included) may not have professional editors in their wake, we do have beta readers, proofreaders and countless rewrites and revisions under our belt. If these people just gave us a chance, I think they’d be pleasantly surprised.
Fortunately, self-publishers are on the rise! Though the stigma is still there, it is not as prominent as it was before. In fact, there are many hybrid authors out there who both self-publish and traditional publish!
All in all, I am a lover of all types of books. Indie or traditional, I love it all!
Just as a PSA, give an Indie Author a chance. You may be help make someones dream come true!