Publishing is going through a major transition. And with change come great new innovations, ideas, and creativity – but also bad blood: the us vs. them mentality.
I hate the us vs. them mentality.
Traditional publishing, indie publishing, self publishing, and any other way someone publishes has its pros and cons. No option is correct for everyone. No option is better than the other. No option is broken.
As long as your publishing method gets your book to a reader, the system you use works. Is it the best method for your book? May or maybe not. But before we discount a method let’s really think about what we are all trying to do: get people reading.
If our main goal is to get people to read instead of the numerous other options they have to spend time on (watching TV, spending time with family/friends, working extra hours, etc.) then how do we achieve this? I can tell you one thing for sure: it won’t be done by telling readers what they are reading is wrong.
So before spouting off about how someone is wrong to enjoy a self published book or a parasite for reviewing traditionally published books, stop. The only thing the us vs. them mentality accomplishes is shoving people away from the one goal we all share: getting people to read.