In the book community, self-published books have often had to battle against stigma.
With the lack of a traditional publishing team supporting the book through its many stages, many people often take this to mean the book is not as high quality as most.
But over the years, it’s becoming apparent that the stigma against self-publishing is falling, with many authors speaking out about their experience.
Christine Spoors, upcoming Scottish fantasy author, explained why she decided to self publish rather than go down the traditional route.
She said “My goal is to share the story with people, not get my book into bookshops and earn a lot of money.”
She added “Honestly, I think that traditional publishing seems quite scary and comes with a lot of pressure. I don’t want to do anything that will make me love writing less.”
With the internet allowing easier connections, self-publishing is often not just down to one person anymore.
Instead, much like with traditional publishers, authors can create their own team of people to help with the overall product, such as artists and editors.
Christine said that she has worked with a number of people on her book – The Changeling’s Journey – and will work with more before its release.
With over half of Amazon’s E-book sales from 2016 being self-published books, it is clear to see that being self published does not affect the quality of the writing.
And with the growing use of freelance editors, artists and proofreaders in the self publishing industry, it is hard for anyone to remain prejudice against the overall quality of the work.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to prepare myself to see responses and reviews for my book,” Christine admits. “I keep forgetting that people will actually read it.”
Christine’s book, The Changeling’s Journey, will be published Summer 2017. A fantasy story heavily based off Scottish folklore, this debut will be a welcome addition to the Young Adult genre. While a lot of fantasy settings are heavily inspired by the landscapes of Scotland, Christine’s book will make a difference in the book community, which noticeably suffers from a lack of genuine Scottish authors.
The final cover and publication date are soon to be revealed. In the meantime, click here to view the synopsis on Goodreads, or check out Christine’s Twitter and Instagram @weereader for updates.