As part of Pump Up Your Book's blog tour, for Riverwalker, I'm happy to be hosting a guest post by the author, Bud Bradshaw.
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About the Author
On Self Publishing
Q: What are the biggest challenges you have faced with self-publishing?
The biggest challenges for me have involved the tech aspect of it: juggling the various programs, dealing with the anguage and wrestling with what to me is a constant uphill learning curve. Tedious and no fun, so I must constantly remind myself of the payoff at rainbow's end.
Q: What surprised you about the self-publishing process?
How easy it is, despite my complaints.
Q: Right now there is a stigma attached to self-published authors, that just because you can pay for the book to be published doesn’t mean you are a qualified author.
True. But, just because you can't pay for the book's publishing doesn't mean you are not a qualified author. The history of publishing abounds with stories of famous authors whose manuscripts were initially turned away by publishing houses who deemed the authors' submissions unworthy or unqualified; later, they would become classics. Most products, including books, need to be promoted at one level or another, and there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this, as long as the promoters are ethical and the methods beyond reproach. I think the market - not necessarily the literary market at large but, rather, a writer's specific, targeted literary market - becomes the ultimate decision maker in deciding whether or not the author's work is worthy.
Q: Do you think self-publishing will ever become a respected industry?
I think self-publishing will fail or succeed on its own merits. If we make it a respected industry, then it will be one.....as long as we keep our own house clean.
Q: What is your advice to authors who decide to self-publish?
Be patient. Be strong. Align yourself with qualified people who can help you get the job done.
About the Book
Author: Bud Bradshaw
Release Date: July 2012
Publisher: Bud Bradshaw
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
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