An Apology to Self-Published Writers

Ms. Slager gets it. I appreciate her giving us a chance.

While I’m here, I would also like to point out that traditionally published authors are also not entirely above assholish behavior in the face of negative reviews. I’ve written about Julie Halpern embarrassing herself and Emily Giffin behaving irresponsibly. The publishing industry may filter out a lot of people who don’t respond well to criticism, but it doesn’t filter out all of them. Don’t assume an author is trustworthy just because she has a publishing contract with one of the big New York houses.

The Mad Reviewer

Remember one of my first articles I ever did?  It was exactly one year ago to this day and it was called Self-Publishing: A Reviewer’s Perspective.  While I didn’t exactly say self-publishing was a terrible thing that was ruining literature, my feelings about it were generally negative.

So, first off, let me say I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for judging self-published writers before I really knew what self-publishing involved.  I’m sorry for judging self-published writers based on my very limited experience reading self-published books and a few big media incidents.  I’m sorry that I jumped to conclusions and pretty much lumped all self-published authors together.

You’ll probably be wondering how I came to my new perspective on self-publishing.  Let me say it wasn’t easy and it’s certainly not easy to admit on your public blog that you screwed up.  But it’s the right thing to do.  So here’s sort of…

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