I’ve been following a couple of discuss

I’ve been following a couple of discussions on writing groups lately. Both are looking for a way to vet self-published books so the reading public will have a way to know before buying which books are well written and edited and which aren’t.
I like the concept of vetting self-published books because there are a lot of sloppy books out there. But I don’t think that either of the discussions considers what needs to be done. It’s not enough to vet a book and put some sort of stamp of approval on it. In order for the buying public to find it, that book must be where it’s easy to find.
Self-pubbers need to create a web site similar to those of the major … and minor … electronic publishers. A one-stop shopping place for self-published books that’s as easy to find and use as the best sites out there.
Anyway that’s my two cents. Maybe I’ll post to those discussions and see if anyone is ready, willing, and able to create such a site. Not me, my problems creating and managing web sites is well known. But it’s a good idea for someone to run with.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Story Reading Ape
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:45:15

    Florence, I thought all self-publishing was done through places like Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, etc. So why would a separate place be needed to display the books?


  2. KidLitReviews
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 12:02:34

    Barnes and Noble does not shelve self-published books without the author going to B&N and selling the merits of their book. It is not an easy road and definitely not an automatic one. I like the idea of a separate site that vets those books. Many of the self-published are not good in regard to punctuation and grammar.

    Others do not come close to normal publishing standards. Finding a 60 page picture book for a 4-year-old happens more than it should. And picture books with 2000-3000 or more words happens all too often. It can be difficult to mention this in a review because other self-publishing folk staunchly believe this large picture book is perfectly fine.

    Self-publishing needs some sort of oversight to get the normal standards well-known. Many books do not sell because people are used to certain things and the self-publisher plays with those expectations. Only in rare instances wi a book work for kids 3-years-old and a twelve-year-olds, yet it is common t find a book, if you ask the author what the age of the intended readers are, selling for the ages 3 to 13. . Try to sell to the wrong age group and you won’t sell many.

    So in addition to their own selling site that sells vetted books, there needs to be a self-publishing society that helps the self-publishing author vet their own book. Somewhere the self-pub. can learn the standards. We are in the age of everyone thinks they can write a book. Something needs to help keep an anything goes attitude out of the system, rather than allow them to continue clogging the system of publishing, making it difficult to find the good books regardless of how they are published.


    • florencewitkop
      Jan 19, 2014 @ 10:07:30

      Absolutely. You said it better than I did. I’ll go into more detail in a later post, but you got it right. Self-pubbers need someplace that readers can go to find self-pubbed books that have been well edited and categorized as to content, heat level, age level, genre, etc. Judging from the number of ‘likes’ this post got, I think there are a lot of other writers out there who feel the same way. So what can we do about it? Who has the knowledge and ability to get the ball rolling? It doesn’t have to cost anything beyond time and effort.


  3. relationspdbeverly
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 12:40:01

    Time, effort and knowledge.


  4. florencewitkop
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 16:37:50

    Yep, knowledge is also essential. Vital.


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