Tuesday, June 9, 2009
THE SELF-PUBLISHED ARE AT THE GATES
This cartoon is out of a recent issue of the New Yorker. It struck a chord with me since I had just returned from the local bookstore where self-published books by local authors are flourishing like kudzu. I find it strange that in this time when major publishing houses are closing, self-published works are packing the shelves. To me this is a mixed blessing. I am pleased to see some works that definitely deserve an audience, but I also see a tremendous number of bland, uninspired publications. Is it possible that the inferior works will color the public's attitude toward all "self-published works"??