I’m always amazed at the number of people who still make comments about authors who self publish as not being legit. Or perhaps its authors themselves who will put their own material out with a secret fantasy of landing a huge book deal. There are even highly successful authors that will still get mentioned as having self published their first book and then landed a deal, as though they were anointed or something.
To me, this is ridiculous. If for no other reason than simply look at YouTube. No one watching a YouTube video thinks, ‘Wow, this is a great daily vlog, hopefully one day this guy will get picked up by a TV network so he can have a real career.” The reason? We’ve become completely conditioned to the idea of online video being a legitimate form of artistic expression especially as its launched the careers of thousands. The artist or creator has total control over the outcome. If its not well done or there are things we don’t like about it we either stop watching or we ignore that part of it because we like the rest of the material.
Whether its fan fiction sites, blogging, or the rise of ebooks self-publishing is here to stay. Authors should stop feeling guilty for writing and putting out their own stuff. A poorly designed cover, or bad grammar, are no longer deterrents to finding readers. What people are interested in is an idea or point of view. Authors who write and put out their own material should view themselves like YouTubers.
Write as best you can, with the resources you have available, and your audience will come.