Back in the day I would often have an interesting conversation with my cousin. It went a little something like this:
"Oh hey, I read this series and it got really weird in the end."
"Oh yea? What is it called?"
"It was Random-Series-Most-Often-Involving-hot-dudes."
"Oh yea, that's a self-pub."
So, I took two things away from this. A) Self-published books are surprisingly easy to find out there, they were often the recommended books from Amazon that I would click on and like B) Self-published books are not always edited.
However, neither of those things made me more or less likely to read self-published books. I am the type of reader that will read anything as long as I am entertained during my morning subway ride. Therefore, I find myself thinking the strange stigma on self-publishing is fading. That's my thoughts as a reader.
As a writer self-publishing TERRIFIES ME. You are responsible for everything! For editing, publishing, marketing, and setting up any kind of meet-and-greet let's get together fun-times an author should do to gain/cater to their fans. That sounds like fun if I didn't have a day job. However, most authors have a day job (I need my health insurance!).
Also, on the industry side self-publishing is a thriving market in YA, Christian Lit, and Chick Lit. So really, it's not like it's just your weird uncle who is publishing his manifesto on why the internet is a government conspiracy.
So, what are your thoughts on Self-published books? Good? Bad? Who cares as long as the love story is steamy?