As a self-publisher, I'm supposed to be a tireless cheerleader for the end of traditional publishing. To a certain degree I am--but the hard truth is that while I may despise the gatekeeping of traditional publishing, it did provide a useful mechanism that self-publishing has not replicated: the reality check. Most self-published authors have little to no experience in the publishing/writing/editing field. Even though I am a self-publisher who actually *does* have experience in that field, I still made a slew of cringe-worthy mistakes in my book that I missed.
It's a risk self-publishers take. And like all risk, you take the responsibility along with the reward. Too many authors only want the reward.
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