Book reviewers explain it all, Part 3: Self-publishing, where “you get the whole dang slush pile”

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  1. A celebrity with guaranteed sales will get published by a large press.  Ghostwriters, professional editors, distribution, and marketing dollars will ensure that it is coherent and written well enough.  Most importantly, it will be profitable.  it doesn’t necessarily mean it is a compelling and unique story or take on life, but it will also get reviewed mulitple times over.  Is there a word for slush that has money backing? 

    This is not to say that most self-published books are necessarily inspired either and that anyone should be tasked with reading through every one of them.  It’s easy for anyone to write their tale and have it available immediately and everywhere.  Sometimes there are gems among them and self-publishing can be part of the process for an aspiring writer to see if they have chops or what to do in their next book. 

    The individuals interviewed in this piece seem fair and have plenty on their plate.  I just feel it should be recognized that, yes, there are plenty of foul self-published books, but an imprint of a well-established publisher doesn’t mean that book is any good either but maybe just a decidedly profitable seller.

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