A couple of years ago, Publisher’s Weekly decided that for the low, low price of $149, self-publishers could buy the right to MAYBE get reviewed by them.
One blogger, a self-published writer herself, says that she feels PW is so entrenched in the “traditional” publishing model that they are deliberately trashing self-pubbed novels in their reviews. She gives statistics that of 99 novels submitted one quarter, only 25 merited a review and of those 25 only 4 were at all complimentary. In fact, she calls the other 21 reviews “scathing.”
I do not see any proof of her implication that PW is deliberately trashing these books in order to squash traditional publishers competition. I’ve always heard that 99% of queries received by publishers are rejected. By those numbers, giving 4 good reviews out of a total of 99 books sounds like a win.
What do you think? Is big publishing and their cohorts trashing indie books unfairly, or no?
I know there’s a lot of bad writing out there (I’m not defending it!) and that self-publishing was, and a lot of the times still is, a venue for vanity. But it’s becoming more and more mainstream, the way to go, and I find it hard to believe that of the nearly one hundred novels submitted, PW couldn’t have found a few more things to like. You can practically sense the glee emanating from the reviewers as they rip apart these books. …read more