This says it all. Being independent should mean that you can stick by your principles and not get sucked into the whole marketing thing. Easier said than done however when Amazon ratings matter so much.
It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t think about ethics on a daily basis — at least not consciously. But every once in a while we see, read or hear something that makes us think that something is not quite “right.” Something about it makes us feel that it’s just wrong. That something might be perfectly legal, but still doesn’t feel right. That’s your own internal ethical compass telling you to look at the issue more closely. The problem is, often when we ought to see something as not quite right, we don’t even notice. Self-publishing comes to mind.
Writers have been self-publishing for many years. Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Beatrix Potter and Virginia Wolff come immediately to mind, giving self-publishing what should be a kind of positive cache. However, the image of self-publishing has, over the years, diminished in the eyes of many — the media…
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