POD books and Information Overload
By Phil Elmore
Posted: April 30, 2009
The smells of desperation and need were heavy in the air as I stepped into the community room of my local library. I hadn't realized what it meant when I saw the sign, taped to the elevator door in the parking garage, that said, "Welcome, Authors!" As it turned out, my library was hosting local self-published authors to help them promote their work. [...] I had broken the first rule of shopping for books: Never, ever make eye contact with a self-published author promoting his work.
Remove the gatekeepers and we simply produce ream after further ream of garbage through which consumers must sift to find the content that suits them. While some self-published authors do make it, and even see their first POD works go on to be printed by "real" companies, this is rare. The majority of POD authors' work is chaff, often incompetently written and frequently poorly edited. It gives the POD industry a bad name and makes the majority of POD authors look like what they are – writers who lack the talent, the ambition, or the connections to get published "for real."
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I know, we have heard all this before. No Ra Ra Ra in this article, that's for certain, but all opinion is welcome, and it gives Indie authors something to prove wrong, eh? -- Cannegardner