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Self-Published Fantasy and the SPFBO
With the THIRD Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (#SPFBO) approaching its final stages, I thought I’d once again share some thoughts about the complexities of self-publishing and how Mark Lawrence’s SPFBO initiative is shaking up the genre. Self-published authors get a lot of flak. Even armed with a bargepole, many readers won’t touch them. Such readers will assure you that indie books are ‘unprofessional’; that they’re inherently ‘inferior’ to the titles offered by traditional publishing houses, and are therefore ‘not proper books’. Admittedly, it’s not too hard to find examples of shoddy editing and substandard writing amongst the masses and masses (and masses) of …