Before I started book blogging all the way back in good ol’ 2013 I had never, ever heard of ‘self-publishing’ before. The phrase had not entered my vocabulary and it took me a little while to get to grips with what it actually was. You mean to tell me, you can write a book and just publish it yourself? You don’t have to wait for a publisher to take you on? Does that essentially mean anyone could publish a book? Does that mean I could publish a book? These were just some of the questions that entered my little naïve mind around that time. Of course, I’m a lot more clued up now about self-publishing and what it is and I’ve also, finally come to the realization that I definitely could not publish a book.
As well as not having heard of self-publishing, I’d definitely never read a book that had been self-published. Or maybe I had? And just never realised? But book blogging introduced me to a whole new world of books – self-published books – that I probably wouldn’t have stumbled across before. I’m eternally grateful for that because I think self-published books can sometimes be looked down upon. Not held to as high a standard as traditionally published books. Which is a terrible shame because I’ve had the privilege to read some truly, truly great ones. Self published authors need to make a living just as much as traditionally published authors do. Their books and words and stories are worth just as much as they work just as hard as their traditionally published counterparts. I admire all authors but today we’re focusing on self-published books and below are some of those which I’ve read over the past few years and absolutely loved.
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