Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I’m sort of agog this morning. Why? Because I received the proof copy of Occasional Soulmates on Friday and it looks terrific!
I’ll be honest and admit that my expectations were modest. I’d never handled a CreateSpace book before, and the whole idea of print-on-demand always struck me as “less than.” I imagined something along the lines of the old chapbooks and little-little magazines, made on the cheap and screaming “Amateur!”
But let me tell you: Thisere’s a real book! It’s made of quality-stock paper. It’s well-bound, with no blobs of glue gooping out. It’s got everything a standard trade paperback has except a publisher’s imprint on the spine.
Which leads me to the real theme here, and that is a simple question: If I can produce a book that’s indistinguishable from a traditional trade paperback (aside from that little imprint), why do I need a traditional publisher?
It’s a rhetorical question.
The answer is, I don’t. We don’t. The cost of self-publishing a book is perfectly reasonable, so we don’t need the machinery of big publishing. True, promotion can rack up some bills, and while it’s tempting to say that traditional publishers can do that much better, the fact is that they don’t do it for most books. Mid-list authors and first novelists are on their own for the most part, so that advantage is something of a myth.
Then there’s the quality of the writing. That’s a tricky one. I hope I offer readers professional quality at low-low prices, but that’s in the eye of the beholder to a large extent. We’ll see if I can develop a reputation that backs me up. At least I know now that the paperback itself won’t betray me.
Anyway, I wish I could show you the book! It’s coming out September 23, but you can sign up for a sneak peek at the cover by adding your name to my newsletter list here.