Let me start by saying that as a small publisher and long time writer, I believe as a whole they are. Sure, there are good experienced published authors whose work is edited and publish-ready and there's the occasional unpublished prodigy author who's honed their skill to perfection and are as good as most published authors. To them I say welcome to the world of publishing, but let's be real. Isn't indie publishing an opening for those not near or quite good enough, for those not willing to learn their adopted trade, for those who, however long they write, would never have been good enough, and for those out to scam a quick buck?
Having been published gives an indie, and rightfully so, a measure of accomplishment. Somewhere, sometime, somebody deemed this author's work good enough to do what publishers do, invest in him or her—invest in cover art, editing, proofing, even an ISBN number. And it carries over into their self-published work, though I have seen some who skipped or self-edited and it showed. But let's say for the sake of argument that the published author is the best, the top banana, the top of the tier of self-publishing and the prodigy is next. That leaves a ton books written by inexperienced or untalented authors out there. I have read parts of some of them. (these are the kind of books you don't finish) I liken the experience to someone scratching his or her fingernails on a blackboard. Yuck!
However, that's nothing compared to the scammers. They mostly deal in smut because it doesn't have to be a story. It only needs to be as long as a scene. And in their case it's as short as four pages, poorly written, poorly punctuated, lacking proper grammar and full of headhops. Some of them even steal free erotica from the internet and band it into short anthologies. Many of them write or steal taboo subjects with titles like Daddy does it to me while others blatantly use words like cock, pussy, cunt and fuck in their titles. Yes they sometimes get poor reviews, but they write their own reviews to confuse the issue. Some get weeded out by the host seller, but the stories are so short they can write a new story and publish it every day or two.
Yet the demand for this smut seems as unending as the supply and there's enough decent material around to keep the aficionados coming back for more, even though they occasionally write a review complaining about how they were ripped off.
So am I right? Are readers shaking their heads and cutting self-publishers slack, they wouldn't with publisher's books?
Let me know what you think.
I won't bore you with excerpts of my latest books. Just covers.