I admire the spirit in which self-published authors take their careers and the vision for their art in their own hands. I think they are very brave and very daring...but.
I've just come across too many self-published books that read like they are written by Creative Writing Class novices who could really do with more experience before going to print. Not only is it in their own interest - after all, who will read your second book if you make a really bad impression with your first? Secondly - what about all the self-published authors who do work on their drafts, hone their skills and take advice from experts? If you keep on putting out drivel then people will lose faith in the self-published author.
This may be controversial but I'm sure I'm not alone in this.
Another thing that bugs me is that I read so many interviews in praise of the writer of a self published book then look at sample and wonder if the writer ever read a book in their lives.
Whilst it's very hard to get a publishing deal the traditional way, don't belittle the hard work of editors, agents and publishers who want to continue allowing real writers a chance to shine. Not everybody can write a novel. I know many of you are saying, 'what about 50 Shades?' An example of a poorly written book that became a success. I hear you but that is a rare breed of books.
I love a good read. I try every time I write to become a better writer and advice I get tells me it's working. We should strive to be the best we can be in our chosen field. After all, we write so that others can enjoy. We owe it to our readers to at least use the spellchecker. Just saying.
Would so love to hear your views and comments. Let me have 'em!
ps just hope I got my spelling right!