Friday, June 15, 2007

Self-publishing - the seven-year-old's perspective

After my recent harsh (but fair!) comments about self-publishing, I decided to perform a little experiment. Recently, we'd had a self-published author sign copies of his children's novel and it was quite a successful event, with 40 copies sold. The book was well-produced and had a good, old-fashioned tale that would surely appeal to any child. I bought a copy and that evening, read the first three chapters to my seven-year-old son.

As I slammed the book shut, I asked him what he thought of it. 'Fine' he replied, 'But can we have a real story now?'

Out of the mouths of babes...

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