Cyndy Aleo

Four Little Bees Writing & Editing

author, freelance writing, editing, and a little bit of web development, helping clients with content development, book editing, and blog set-up and customization

Self-publishing: finding the needle in the haystack

I know there are a lot of you who hear the hyphenates "self-published" or "author-publisher" and cringe. It must be crap if it didn't get published by a big publisher, right? No one wanted it.

The reality is that people choose to self-publish for a variety of reasons. And while, sure, there are a lot of people out there whose books weren't ready for public consumption, there are just as many who chose to self-publish for a lot of other reasons, like creative control or putting out a great book that wasn't a current market trend.

So when a recent letter to RT Book Reviews bemoaned the entire category of self-published books, I asked RT if they'd let me go talk to some self-published authors about why they do what they do, how they recommend you find great books (that are often cheaper than traditionally published books!), and give some recommendations.

As it's RT, the focus is on romance and erotica, but the advice from these authors works across genres.

Part I, featuring authors Penny Watson and Kit Rocha is up today! Self-Published Romance and Erotica: Why, Who, and Where Can You Find the Good Ones?