One reality of self-publishing I hadn’t thought of

Pimp My Novel has a great post on self-pubbed books, and one of the points he makes is:

“3.) If you go through the money and hassle of getting an ISBN and actually getting your self-pubbed book into stores, congratulations: you are now trackable on Nielsen BookScan. Publishers—whose attention I assume you're trying to get (see below)—will now be aware of Self-Published Boy Wizard and His Quest for Publication (as well as the fact it sold three copies in two years) and may likely want nothing to do with you for fear of catching your poor sales themselves. Self-publishing does not show publishing houses initiative. It shows publishing houses you don't have an idea they consider publishable and you're getting desperate.”

Read the whole post here.

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There are a lot of folks out there who are so desperate to be published, and a lot of businesses that want to take their money and sing siren songs to tell them that is not only self-publishing good, in fact, it's better.