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Last week, I blogged about burnout, and in case you didn't notice, I took some of the advice to heart and haven't been devoting as much time to blogging. In fact, I even made it to an impromptu get together with some friends where we shopped and consumed some delish margaritas (all you underage peeps stay away!)
This week I want to get back to the blogging world to talk about self-publishing.
To me, self-published books are like a minefield. They are everywhere, littering the YA market. And many of them have a lot to offer, but you always have to be prepared for one of them to blow up on you and just...suck. Self-pubbed authors lack the editing and revisions that authors who are with a house have. This can lead to plot holes, grammatical errors, and other storyline issues, but it's not necessarily true for all self-pubbed books.
I'm more than open to reading self-pubbed books and have enjoyed several of them, but I also know that I've been pretty lucky because I've heard horror stories too. In fact, I know more than a handful of bloggers who aren't even willing to accept self-pubbed books because they don't want to hate them. That's not me though. I'm happy to read self-pubbed books, but you better be sure that I do my research on one prior to accepting review requests.
What are your thoughts on self-published books? Like them? Don't like them?
I normally determine whether or not to review a self-pubbed book based on other reviews and excerpts. Excerpts are key for me. If I'm apprehensive about a book, an excerpt could easily win me over. It could also sway me against the book, but it's better I don't read a book and write a negative review than to read a book, really dislike it, and have that negative review up for everyone to see.
Self-pubbed books are extremely easy to come by now, especially on e-readers. There are like 7 million self-pubbed e-books for the Amazon Kindle and as NOOKbooks. It's crazy and I'm sure I'd be disappointed by more than a few.
Share your thoughts on self-publishing in the comments! Is it good? Is it bad? Are you open to self-pubbed books or more wary of them? Have you been burned before or is it just the stigma that turns you off?
*I also wanted to point out and laugh with you about a NOOKbook that's free to download right now, called....wait for it....The Princess and the Penis. I actually laughed out loud when I saw it.