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May 2015 . . .

Recently, an article at Linkedin.com identified “sanctioned discrimination” between traditionally published authors and self-published (indie) authors regarding book reviews.  Many of the indie authors claim they have to pay lesser known book reviewers, because indie authors can’t get their books reviewed by the same popular book reviewers that traditionally published authors get for free.


Wow!  Really?  Sanctioned discrimination?  That’s tantamount to a 120-averaged bowler demanding a 100-pin bonus because they can’t compete against professional bowlers out on the PBA tour.


I’d be the first person to admit that there are indie authors who can’t write a complete sentence, but yet they still believe they should win a Pulitzer Prize for writing.  They believe what they want to believe and disregard everything else; that the definition of denial, folks.


Over the past 30 years, my company, Industrial Documents, has helped many professional people, such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, college professors, and other get published.  These are highly educated people who are profoundly skilled and talented at doing their jobs, but can’t write well enough to save their souls.  Each and every one of these professionals paid us to get published.  My point is there will always be a cost attached to getting published.


Lastly, the argument over paid book reviews versus free book reviews is completely absurd.  I don’t know a single (ethical) book reviewer who doesn’t get paid for their time reviewing any book.  In the end, it’s all about the money and the math.  Oh sure, I’d loved to have charged my first client enough money to live for the rest of my life, but business doesn’t work that way.  We as writers not only have to know who our customers are, but what they are willing to pay for the stories we write.


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