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The Dangers of Self-Publishing: What Do Publishers Do Anyway?
Since the rise of the digital era, people have been calling for the death of the publishing industry as we know it. We've all heard someone claim that publishers are obsolete, they don't do anything for writers anyway, and that writers are guaranteed to make way more money from self-publishing. But they're wrong.
True self-publishing—successful self-publishing—needs to be treated like a business, or it will fail in 99.99% percent of cases. The author needs to educate themselves in and do all of the things that a publisher would, or their work will not sell.
Why Good Writing Gets Rejected
Writers are always told that to avoid rejection, they need to proofread, proofread, proofread. Follow the submission guidelines, be familiar with the publication, and things will go well. But that's not always the case. Sometimes writing that is laboured over is rejected. Sometimes even a submission that a writer has rewritten, edited and polished until it sparkles gets rejected—but that doesn't mean that the writer is a bad writer.
So what is going on behind the scenes that an automated rejection email can't tell you? Why does good writing get rejected, and why should writers keep trying when it can be so hard to get traction?