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The Mirage of Self-Epublishing
Randy Rawls
We have entered an era when anyone (and I do mean anyone) can publish a book.  Learn the simple technique of epublishing, and viola, you’re an author.  But, are you?
By my minimum definition, an author is one who writes a readable book.  Too many of the epub’d “books” today do not live up to even that simple definition.  That’s not to say there is not a viable plot, or even interesting characters.  It simply means the writing is so amateurish—grammatical errors, typos, poor sentence structure, etc.—that it cannot be read.  I do not have the time to waste on bad writing.
To those considering self-epub’ing, I beg of you, take the time to write it right.  You only have one chance at making a fan.  Don’t blow it with a presentation which is not ready to leave your hard drive.  

For anyone taking on my latest release, THORNS ON ROSES, in either its paper version or its E-version, rest assured it has been scrubbed, edited, re-scrubbed, and re-edited many times.  And, of course, I hope you enjoy. 

Randy Rawls

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  1. September 5, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Randy, I can’t agree with you more! I am working with a new author now, and she is struggling with point of view. I shudder to think of how amateurish her novel would look should she have gone on and e-pubbed it herself without all of this laborious work we are both doing on the manuscript. Could she have gotten by with it as it was? Sure, she could. Would it have met the standard of quality writing. Absolutely not–despite the fact that she has a fantastic plot. It is true–writing is one thing, developing the craft of writing is something totally different. And we do benefit from having feedback from that gatekeeper who knows more than we do about the field.

  2. September 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Randy, you said it as well as it can be said. It’s great that epubbing gives writers freedoms and controls they’ve never had before, but there are no controls over the quality or lack thereof of what’s being published. All we can do is hope some form of gatekeeping develops.

  3. September 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Randy, You’re right. Life is too short to waste time on BAD writing.

  4. September 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks, Sylvia, Earl and Gregg. As you sensed, I have strong feelings about bad writing. That’s not to say that only epubbers are bad. Some of the stuff being pushed out of NY with big advances sucks dirty swamp water. But those are from either “known” names or those with good connections. And, unfortunately, they WILL sell because they get the NY push. For those without that push, bad writing is the kiss of death.
    Sylvia, I’m glad your friend is seeking your input. I’m sure between the two of you, you’ll turn out a quality book. Please let me know when it happens.

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