Possible unpopular opinion coming up!
Trade publication vs. Self publication.
To me, it all matters.
I want to start off by saying I love twitter. I feel like I've found my people on there. We seem to understand each other and everything that comes with writing, but I have noticed one thing that seems to divide writing communities. And that is whether traditionally publishing or self publishing is better.
I do not believe there is a better scenario. I believe there are pros and cons to both actually. However, what really irks me, is how some people tend to look down on those who've self published.
There seems to be an opinion that those who've self published haven't worked as hard on their craft.
I call bullshit.
I spent twelve hours straight formatting my first novel. Twelve.
And that is after all the hard work of writing the damn thing and editing over and over. I did have it professionally edited and yet there is a few typos, under five I am told and I'm ok with that.
Why? Because nothing and no-one is perfect.
I agree there are a lot of books out there that could have done with some more work on them before they were released but I think if you've written a book—good on you—I don't care how it got out into the world. What matters is it did. Nobody will look back on their first few releases favourably. Live and learn, grow and all that.
I read more indie books than anything else.
Why? The soul. Oh the soul.
It isn't so polished that the writing is washed out. You feel that passion. It transfers to you. The rawness is what I am looking for.
I won't read your books if you act conceited, superior and/or judgemental on principle. We are all people and I personally think writers should be supporting each other not tearing each other down.