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TOPIC: Self-publishing on the internet.

Self-publishing on the internet. 25 Sep 2016 01:37 #10319

  • Ethan.O
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Today I read a little announcement on Reddit about an author. This person said that he had been a struggling author for twenty years; trying to get themselves out there and known, until they stumbled upon the technology of self-publishing, i.e. ebooks. Now they have five books, all with strong female characters, and over 2 million in units sold. Oh yeah, and they are a woman. Having just learned about privilege; the fact that privilege not only suppresses those who do not possess it, but helps those that do, I found it interesting that for twenty years this female author struggled to get her works through to publishers who would accept it, yet within one year of her self publishing she achieved all this success. Is there any way to know for certain that it was her gender that prevented her from breaking through earlier? Is there any way to know that it was her strong female leads that prevented her from breaking through earlier? Not explicitly, but I am willing to bet that these two things did certainly factor into all thoughts of profits that publishers might have had upon reviewing her books. anyways, my point is this; that her being able to self-publish, without having to be beholden to a 'gatekeeper,' does away with any gender inequalities there might have been behind closed doors and let's the authors works speak for itself.
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