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shhhOkay, don’t tell my husband, but I’ve got a new love in my life. I’m not quite sure how it happened, so let me back up a bit.

I’ve had mixed feelings concerning self publishing for a long time. As a writer, I hold that dream of obtaining status along with Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins. Self publishing, I just wasn’t sure if it would work for me. (Ah, I just saw eyebrows arch at me. Please hold)…At the same time, I understand the control of your own story, and that’s huge, right?

I decided I should read some self published books, look at reviews, marketing, and just gain an understanding of the overall process. And I did. I read several self published books, and I swore them off. I felt that no way in the world would I group myself in that category based on what I’d read. (More eyebrows? Please hold, don’t hang up on me yet) I felt sorry for the authors, some of the books were terrible. That’s hard for me to say, because I respect anyone learning the craft, it’s hard! However, putting poor material out there, oh dear…One thing I already knew, and now reinforced a hundred fold, publish nothing without and editor. A good editor. I know some people disagree with me, and that’s okay. However, I think we can all find examples of what writing looks like without an editor.

While searching for a book to read, to escape and relax, I found a website. I love cats, so I thought I’d take a look. I didn’t find cats though. GalleyCat is a site concerning book publishing, and within their site, each week, they have a list of the top 10 self published books from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. I’m intrigued, so I take a look, then I look at the books they have listed, then I’m so curious I want to know what made these books sell so well. I purchased one, then I purchased another, and another. I read five awesome self published books! I’m stoked, my faith is renewed! There’s hope again! I’m hopping around the house in my pj’s like a kid in a candy store!

I suggest you visit GalleyCat. They are full of great information. I get updates on the publishing industry, and other helpful news that helps me as a writer. I also use them to  choose some great reads, and to support authors who are having great success.

Until Next Time…

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