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My old gran used to say, "There's no shame in being wrong, and if that day ever comes, I'll be the first to admit it."

With that in mind, I have to say that, while I started out completely against the idea of including a panel/workshop on self-publishing in writer's conferencesafter reading people's opinions on the subject and giving it some more thought, I've changed my opinion. 

I'd like to see a panel on 'Is Self-Publishing the Way Forward for You?' or something similar at a writing conference - provided the panel was made up of people from both sides of the fence, and who've had success with their chosen path.

How about you?

When did you last change your opinion about something?

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Oct. 26th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
On any number of religious/theological questions,
and on some political questions.
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
Oct. 26th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Actually, I agree with your old gran. XD I've tried not to form opinions, except where I've seen the data. I do form hypotheses, but.....
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'm usually slow to form an opinion, and positively glacial when it comes to changing it. In this case, though, I think I reacted to the way the idea was put forward, rather than the idea itself.
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
That's the human portion of the equation. How well (or badly) an idea is received is directly proportional to how well (or badly) it was delivered. Different ideas for different audiences..
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Very true.
Oct. 26th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I think that sounds like an excellent, useful panel!

Me, I change my mind about a million times a day on a million subjects. I'm very suggestible :)
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Of course, finding a 'successful' self-pubbed authors to sit on the panel may not prove so easy (though I do know one).
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
I suppose it depends on your definition of success! For some people it's in the money made, for others the recognition, and others still might say it's in moving from self-published to traditionally published off the back of their works. Which is an excellent reason such a panel would be so useful - people should be ready define the kind of "success" they want before deciding which path to take.
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
The self-pubbed author I know went from self-pubbed to traditional, though not just with e-books.
Oct. 27th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this.
I used to be very against self publishing, but I have since changed my mind. I've read some excellent self-published novels (and also some that were abysmal, full of plot holes and spelling errors) and I now think that so long as the author is willing to put in the time and effort to do it right, self publishing is not a waste of money and can be very successful.

I'd love to see a panel discussion on this at a conference.
Uta Burke
Oct. 28th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you on this.
Excellent post, planetpailly. I have decided to self-publish my 4th novel "Immortal Link"(the other 3 will stay in my desk-drawer forever), but not after I used several beta readers, and finally hired and paid a professional editor. Now my book is being read in Ireland, Germany, a prison, the US, and on a flight to China. Or it could sit in my deskdrawer. I receive incredible reviews from total strangers about the story and the book itself, which would certainly not be the case had I not put so much time and effort into the work to make it the best possible. I used CreateSpace which is linked to Amazon.com and had nothing but a pleasant and positive experience with them.
Oct. 27th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
I discovered this powerpoint presentation on publishing (trad, indie, and vanity, including the differences and pros/cons of each), it'd be a great place to start off a panel on self pub. Some of the stuff in it can be applied to _any_ venue you choose to publish in. Such as the advice on Branding and pen names.
Oct. 30th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info :)
Oct. 28th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I've always been open to the discussion of Self-publishing, but have yet to see any arguments that make me believe that it isn't in detriment of final quality (true democracy is NEVER good for consumers). It's seems a bit of a spinoff of the modern feeling that anything which eliminates the masses from contention is bad - especially if the criteria is talent and quality...
Oct. 30th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
I can see why folks like the idea of cutting out (what they see as) the gate keeper. It'll be interesting to see what happens with self-publishing over the next few years.

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