My author club still meets, but via instant messaging and most of us have discovered that readers really don’t care who published your book. Small press, Indie, Traditional or the Man In The Moon for all they care.
Think about what it’s like when you’re shopping for a book. You look at the title, the author’s name, and the sales copy on the jacket (or online). Do you really know or bother to look at or even care who published the book? No you don’t. Most consumers don’t pay much attention to the publisher. A few read reviews and want to know that the book appeals to them; the publisher doesn’t really matter as long as it’s a good read.
After conducting our own poll we found that most people read the inside cover or the excerpt to see if they wish to buy it.
The Self-Publishing Stigma Has Left the Roost.
When self-publishing first started dominating the scene, there was a terrible stigma attached to it. Vanity press companies may have had a lot to do with it. People used to automatically assume your book wasn’t as good as one released by a traditional press. However, that dividing line has faded.
Today, as long as your book is professionally produced, interesting—it has a great cover and comprehensive editing—then you have every reason to be proud that you took control and produced your book your way. Because waiting around for a traditional press is almost the same as waiting for your lottery numbers to fall.
Please do not misunderstand me, I have nothing against those who has a traditional press contract. More power to you. Congrats. This is for those who weren’t so lucky. For it’s even difficult to get a small press to take your manuscript on unless your work is spectacular! They are pickier than large press because they have a lot less to work with and a lot more to lose.
This for those who are flying solo.