What analogy would you use to describe the world of self-publishing? English author Lynne Pardoe finds it reminds her of the farmers' market, conjuring up images of foods that are all the more delicious for being appealingly non-conformist and sending profit directly to their point of origin.
Anyone for smoked chilli?
Who hasn’t discovered the joys of unearthing gourmet hidden treasures in a Farmer’s Market? I don’t know how I ever lived without the memorable treats of handmade rose chocolates, ancient historical varieties of strawberries deemed too fragile for the supermarket shelf and yes, smoked chilli.
I was at Salisbury Farmers' Market recently searching stalls for new treasures, niche products that someone has lovingly created in their home and bought to a deserving public, when I realised how much like the self-publishing world a Farmer’s Market is.
Selfpublishing as Personal Quest
A self-published book is a different beast entirely to the mainstream tome. It exists because someone has lovingly created it in their own way, with their own vision, not because some publisher or agent thinks it’ll appeal to a broad enough audience to sell loads and earn shedloads of money. Sometimes so many agents, editors, proof readers and all have had their sticky fingers on mainstream books they’ve lost their very essence. After all, taking risks by publishing radical works is way out of the accountant’s comfort zone.
I’m a child care social worker about to publish case studies of the people I’ve worked with, under my maiden name Lynne Pardoe. Social Work is not an easy topic to sell. People have pre-conceived ideas about it. I’ve lost count of how many folk’s expression goes deadpan at parties when I tell them what I do. It is true that it is one of the most challenging and dangerous jobs in the modern world, yes. Yet it’s one of the richest, most rewarding jobs ever possible.
Self-publishing as a Vision
The world of self-publishing is not mainstream. These books exist because of the vision of the author. They are entirely unique, the fruit of the author’s passion for their subject. Discovering someone’s newly published baby is to discover someone’s exclusive way of looking at a subject, gone with the mundane in with the unique. I find it impossible to resist the vast melting pot of unblemished, raw, human ideas that is self-publishing and the world is a better place for it.
Books can change the world and innovation starts here.
“Why #selfpublishing is like a #farmersmarket by Lynne Pardoe: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/farmers-market/ via @IndieAuthorALLI & @spabbygirl”