When Traditionally Published Authors Put Down Self-Published Authors

Here’s the scenario….

A traditionally published author makes a blog post where he’s considering self-publishing his next book.  Why might he do this?  Because contrary to poopular (not a typo) opinion, he’s not making as much as authors who self-publish.  Why?  Probably because they are able to offer a lower price on ebooks than a publisher will.  This doesn’t mean they have to offer the book for free or at the low price of $0.99, but I think $2.99 is still a pretty good deal when publishers are asking for about $7 or more.  And as much as people want to believe the gate keepers will keep out the “crap”, the truth is that even crap makes its way through the channels.  Remember, crap is subjective too.  Your crap might be my favorite read of all time.

But let’s get back to the post.

So along comes a small press author who has a low sales record.  She realizes that there are self-published authors doing better than her, and she hates it.  So now we have the motive.  Authors caught up in their pity party do not want other authors to succeed, esp. those who didn’t go through the hoops of finding a traditional publisher, no matter how big or small that publisher is.  Hey, they think their work is “legit” and since it’s “legit”, it should sell better.  Readers, after all, depend on the publishers to be their gate keepers to let them know what is good and what isn’t. 

Don’t they?


They don’t?

You mean to tell me that readers have enough brain power to figure out what they like and don’t like without someone holding their hand and leading through the books floating around in cyberspace?  You mean to tell me that readers can be their own gate keepers?

The truth is, some authors and a lot of publishers don’t get that.  They think readers are a bunch of morons who can’t tell what they like from what they don’t.  And it’s this mindset that puts them into a tizzy when they see self-published authors who are selling better and gaining more fans than they are.  The reality is that they can’t stand it when someone who “takes the easy way out” is able to be more successful than they are because it makes them confront the idea that a publisher being a necessity is really a myth.  It breaks their paradigms of how life works.  It makes them uncomfortable.

So what do they do?


I’ve heard that authors can get vicious.  They will go onto forums to “poo poo” your book, post bogus 1 star reviews to decrease your sales, go onto blogs to dissuade another traditional author to venture down a path that might lead them to greater success, etc.  And don’t think they use just one “name” to make a review with.  It’s easy to get multiple accounts with different names.  So that multiple 1 or 2 star reviews you might have gotten, esp. if it’s within days of each other?  Yeah, be suspicious.

I’m just saying that the green-eyed monster is a vicious creature. 

You don’t need to fight back when they attack.  Remember, the best revenge is to keep being successful.  There’s nothing that will drive them more insane.  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to When Traditionally Published Authors Put Down Self-Published Authors

  1. And here’s where I get blackballed from the writing world.

    small press? Bah! *I* could start a small press! So what? How does that make the press, or the author they “publish” credible or more viable. This is something that grates on me. some of these small presses are nothing more than groups of buddies who got together, but look down their noses on self published. Um, excuse me, but what do they think they are? Others are just little clubs, or will take pretty much anyone. Do I think I could have gotten into a small press? sure, I’d bet money that I could (and I don’t do that lightly) but why bother? All you get is a crappy cover and someone else selling your stuff on their website and in some cases no amazon listing. yay-friggin-ay!. Frankly, I find a lot of the small presses to be the esy way out, since they don’t even have to do their own formatting, lol!

    • I agree completely, Jo. I’ve had people try to talk me into submitting to small presses, but I’m not interested (except for Stephannie’s deal, but she’s a good friend and her company gives me a safe place for my pen name and I can back out anytime I want). Otherwise, I wouldn’t do it at all.

      I think an author stands a better chance on their own. A small press will eat into the author’s profits, and a lot of those covers are awful! You wonder why they couldn’t go to dreamstime or shutterstock and throw a title and name on it. The worst is the computer generated crap that looks like I drew it. And I’m a horrible artist.

      As for the buddies starting their own company and then snubbing the self-pubbed authors, that one always makes me laugh because I know how easy is it to start up a publishing company. Sure, making it successful is another deal, but just starting one so you can say you were properly vetted…puhleeze! Small presses, in my opinion, are more trouble than they’re worth, and I’d rather keep my rights than hand them off to someone.

      But yeah, I agree. I see very little benefit to a small press.

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