A few days ago, I noticed a blog post by Tim Peoples on the subject of the next steps of publishing his recently-finished-first-draft-of novel. (Yes, I have extensive ego filters set up on the term “podiobook”.) He expressed some concerns about publishing right away, and I seconded the argument in a comment to the post.
A new post has appeared on his site where he responds and makes a plea to the rest of the “underpublished” masses:
EvaEvo makes a point that seems very obvious but, unfortunately, must be expressed by more people. As “alternative” publishing increases–especially in online formats–people rush their works to press earlier and earlier. Some works, of course, simply do not belong in press because they are not good enough. It is up to the author to have humility enough to distinguish which books belong and which books do not belong in the hands of ordinary readers.
Well said, Tim, even if my gender was a little confused in the post. It is difficult to put a finger on those distinguishing marks. That’s one of the reasons I like the concept of a publisher. In theory (but too often not in practice) the job of the publisher is to act as a filter — not just on quality, but also content. (Note: Podiobooks.com is not a publisher. We think of ourselves more as a distributor.) Other filters exist as well, like editors and agents. Again, I’m talking about the theory behind these titles and job descriptions, as I know that the practice of these jobs can and does fail at least some of the time.