If you don't want to read my rambling for a few paragraphs, feel free to just skip to the discussion questions.
Okay, I've had some bad experiences with reading self published books in the past and those bad experiences almost put me off ever reading books by self published authors again. Usually the biggest problem is the editing and that goes beyond just grammar, typing and spelling errors - it's things in the plot needing changed or cut or explained better and plot holes. Professionally edited books tend to be way better in that area.
But, I often read stories online on Fictionpress and Livejournal and some of those authors are really talented and can write and create a story just as well as a lot of published authors can and a few of them have taken the self publishing route for some of their stories and that kind of renewed my faith in reading books that aren't published through a publishing house.
Now, I have a few discussion questions for you:
1. What is your opinion on self published books? Do you read them/like them?
2. How do you feel about book bloggers reviewing them? (Would you like/mind if I reviewed them on here, there are at least four that I intend to buy and read this year).
3. Are there any self published books you'd recommend?
4. On a similar yet slightly unrelated note: Fictionpress. There's a lot of bad stories (bad plots, bad editing, bad writing) on there but amongst all of that, there's also some rare gems that are really quite good... my question about that is, yay or nay to us having the occassional "Fictionpress Friday" on the blog, where I'll recommend a story I've read and loved on Fictionpress (I'll only recommend completed stories of course). And, plus side, it's free to read them so it'll give you something to read between books. Would anyone be interested in that?