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kind of quality control in the self-publishing world aside from adventurous readers willing to spend money on unknown, unpublished writers.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.