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Can e-books and self-publishing co-exist with traditional publishing?

The face of publishing is changing rapidly. E-books and self-publishing appears threatening to big-time publishing houses but liberating to writers. More and more writers are turning to self-publishing as a means of getting their work out into the world. Authors don’t have to wait months just to hear their manuscript was rejected–instead, they’re finding out directly from their readers whether or not what they wrote is worth anything. When writers self-publish, they can use reader feedback to determine the value of their work.

Unfortunately, self-publishing sometimes means a decrease in quality. There’s no kind of quality control in the self-publishing world aside from adventurous readers willing to spend money on unknown, unpublished writers. Many readers purchase e-books and give them good reviews based solely on the reduced price. Most have to be willing to sift through tons of bad-to-mediocre writing. Many have simply given up. That’s where we come in.  Cue drum roll, please.

This blog, Self-Published Gold, is meant as a reference for both readers and writers. We search through self-published e-books and only review those we’d rate as three stars or higher. Our hope is that readers will come to us for ideas on what to read next. Then, perhaps, self-published writers will become more concerned with their writing quality and not just how fast they can get their stuff out there.

We want to create a movement that empowers writers who can’t get their work recognized by publishing houses and yet keep them at their best. Writing is an art and noble profession–we’ll do everything we can to keep it that way. Go ahead and read our reviews.  We’re here to help you find something made of gold.

How we choose what to read and review:

1. We search for free e-books on Amazon or other locations throughout the Internet.
– Free e-books usually means self-published or independently published.
2. We read the description provided.
3. If the description is interesting, or catches our attention, we download the book.
– We will not read the customer reviews.
4. Then, we will read at least the first 4 chapters. (We may read less if the chapters are really long.) If we like it, we will continue reading.
– Like = 3 stars or higher
5. Finally, if we finish reading the book, we will review it.

* Each reviewer reserves the right to reject books based on personal preferences.

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8 comments on “About Our Blog

  1. In your search criteria, you post you look for “free” ebooks, but there are some of us who always charge for our ebooks. I currently charge $4.99 for all the e-versions of my current novel. I realize you can’t possibly pay for books to read/review even if the price were only $.99 for many reasons, but have you ever considered offering to read the ebook of an author who is willing to give one to you for free, either as a PDF or with a coupon for the price of the book at the E-Retailer (I don’t know how to do this, but I understand it’s possible)? Many of us feel “you get what you pay for,” and free may mean a poorly edited book or some of the other problems you listed. Just a thought that could get you, and your readers, another source of books to read.

  2. Do you accept review requests? I’ve published a collection of short stories on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords called, “Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories. I would love to send you a review copy.

    • You’re the first person to ask. I’ll take a look at the sample on Amazon and if I’m interested, I’ll ask for the review copy. Thanks for putting yourself out there.

  3. Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe that
    this site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the information!

    • Hey Brian,

      Gotta say, I really appreciate your feedback! Just FYI, this is my first blog EVER and Doc’s second, so we need all the help we can get. I’m taking your comment into consideration and will probably create a page like that this weekend. Thanks again!

      ~Rolark

      • No problem. Glad I could help, and I’m thankful for the service that you’re providing. The quantity of self published works out there makes it so difficult for authors to find an audience and for readers to find new gems.

        BTW, if you’re looking for suggestions for great, self published books, the two best that I’ve read are Robert Bevan’s Critical Failures and Benjamin Clayborne’s Queen of Mages.

        Thanks!

        Brian

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