How many times have you heard this statement?
Self published books are all poorly edited slush.
It seems to be a blanket generalization making its way around cyber space faster than a trojan horse.
And you know what? Just like all generalizations and stereotypes, it's a load of CRAP.
There! I said it.
Now let's look briefly, at what that statement implies: If all indie books are poorly edited slush, then all traditionally published books must be wonderful because they've been edited professionally.
Sure, traditional published books have been professionally edited. I will give you that much. But are all traditionally published books wonderful?
* Snicker *
I can't tell you how many traditionally published books I've wasted good money on only to be disappointed and wonder how the failed plot lines, badly developed characterizations and dropped story elements and let's face it, the poor writing, even made it to an agent in the first place. Then to be published?
ACK! It's enough to make me pull my hair out!
But does that mean all traditional books are bad? Of course not, silly! It just means a few bad ones "slip through the cracks" so to speak.
Tradionally published books can play both sides of the fence - poorly written and badly edited...as well as fantastic, unforgettable stories with great plot lines and characterizations - the same can also be said for indie.
So while it's true that there are some really badly written, poorly edited indie books out there, the converse is true as well. There are some really terrific indie books. It's just people have a hard time finding them or are so turned off by the stereo type they won't take a chance. I think it's time to put an end to that stereotype.
And I'm not saying all indie authors will - or should - end up like Amanda Hocking....because let's face it, she's a one in a million just like Stephenie Meyer and JK Rowling. I'm just saying we need to give them a chance.
In closing, just for a moment, apply the argument against indie to say....food at the grocery store.
Jane: I only buy national brand food. I'll never buy store brand. It's poorly manufactured crap.
Mary: Really? I love the store brand. Not only do I get a bargain, but most of the time I'm happy with it and my family doesn't know the difference.
I don't know about you, but I'm happy to buy store brand. And I'm happy to support indie authors!