In case you haven't heard, Amanda Hocking (something of a indie cult hero) has just landed a pretty sweet traditional four-book deal.
This worries me.
Not about Amanda, she's obviously put a lot of hard work into her writing in order to have obtained her success. I've got no ill will towards her in any way. My concern is that this will encourage a deluge of hopefuls to flock to the indie route, citing her success.
There's no secret that it's oh-so-easy to "e-publish" via B&N or Amazon these days. And, in my opinion, there are far too many people who jump the gun. Not having the experience, editing help or objectivity to put out a product that others will love as much as the author does. Adding to the stigma those who choose to self-publish have to fight through already.
Since I don't have any intention of going the self-pubbed route, myself, you'd think it wouldn't really care either way.
Except, I happen to be a huge ereader user. (Seriously, my Nook and I are starting to look alike) And right now, when I do a search for a topic -- say paranormal romance -- on B&N, the search engine pulls up both traditonal and "indie" titles. Often times the only way to tell the difference is the price (and usually the quality of cover artwork).
I can spot the difference, but does the average non-writing reader realize what they're getting when they purchase a $0.99 book? Now, some self-pubbed work is actually pretty good. But, sadly, a good majority of it is pure crap!
Having no way to quality control the work that's put out there, it's the reading public that will suffer in the long run. And anything that runs the risk of turning off book readers is a bad thing for all of us, no matter what route we take.
Do you all think about or care about this kind of stuff? Have you indie published yourself? If you're thinking about it, have you planned to have a professional editor review it first?