Why I’m Reading Self-Published Books

Posted by Justine Solomons on 25 July 2012, in News

I've made a commitment that every other book I read for the next year will be either self-published or unpublished. Here’s why.

I often read to connect with authors (it’s also why I like art: to get under the skin of artists) and I generally like self-published authors, who tend to be feisty. At the same time, I'm immensely impressed with any writer who can finish a novel and make it a coherent, enjoyable whole. If a book is good, whether it’s not yet published or self-published, it deserves readers.

Byte the Book champions writers irrespective of how they publish. We celebrate good writing, and that is what I’m after.

So, why every other book? I want to keep up to date with what's hot and mainstream, from the traditionally curated (i.e. published) routes. Also, I want to be able to compare published books to those that are self-published and unpublished. All authors are writing into and from the same literary canon. I’m curious to know what, if anything, sets apart the “discovered” authors from those who are still seeking an advocate to believe in and publish them.

The result is that I'm currently reading more broadly and across more genres than ever before. Reading in this way has led me to actively engage with all parts of the publishing industry. What a privilege to be able to do this. I have to thank the digital age (and my e-reader) for making it so easy.

If you're a self-published author or have an unpublished (polished) manuscript, please send it to me at justine@bytethebook.com.  I'd love to read it.

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