Traditionally published author tries hand at self-publishing

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, author of The Dirty Girls Social Club, is trying self-publishing because it will give her more control. She says, “And if I’m not in control, God only knows what will happen. My work might end up shelved under “foreign” in my own country again, or the press release might once more call it “spicy” and me “a hot tamale.” I might, again, get booked to read at a store in Arizona, only to have the manager ask me if I speak English — my native and only tongue. Shudder. Or, worse, I might continue to feel my publisher losing interest in me because in publishing a writer is only ever as good as their last book.”

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self pub = : P
I think there is more to lose than gain.
First of all, I cringe when I am 'friended' anywhere by a self-published person who is now going to hammer away with constant marketing of THE BOOK. I don't like it.
I also think the best work does come out of a conversation, out of someone giving your work a new perspective. Maybe she has friends for this, how do I know.
I used to open the mail with my friend the bookstore owner, and the quality of the self pubbed books was not great. One author even used white stickers to cover the typos that he missed and were printed.
Almost daily I get an email from someone who wants to self-pub a picture book and is willing to let me, LET ME, illustrate it for a whole latta pennies!
I don't think it is a great idea.
Re: self pub = : P
Hmmm...there is much to lose for most of us (which is why I would never self-publish!) but I also see self-publishing by known authors as becoming much more mainstream. They know the business and are already established. I still think the majority of SP authors are producing junk but the tides, I think, are slowing turning.

The article must make already successful authors think twice. (especially when she says something about giving the publisher 90% profit off her book.) I honestly think if Dan Gutman started to self-publish and never advertised (with exception of his blog/website) he'd still sell a gazillion books. I think some publishers need authors like Gutman more than he needs them.

There are always exceptions and as ebooks become even more popular (I don't own any readers yet) I think we'll be hearing even more success stories.

I've heard Dar Hosta speak and know her personally. She's an amazing self-published author/illustrator who wouldn't have it any other way. A rare find in the picture book market! I actually first found out about her after seeing her book displayed at Borders with a New Voices Award Winner sticker. How she does it, I'll never know!
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This lady is writing a follow-up to a book that sold half a million copies. So she's got an audience and presumably some skills. When it's your first time out of the gate though, I have more doubts.
I've been hearing that "I want to have more control" idea from more and more people. That's really important to some people. I do think that the majority self pubbed people are taking good editing more seriously - hiring professionals, going over their work multiple times. Self publishing standards are going up.