I can only comment as someone who writes to get people to read what he writes, but doesn’t do a good job of selling his writing. Reading about the great success of Amanda Hocking should make me jealous, but it has the opposite effect. I read about her success, and wish her well, the way I wished Jennifer Anniston well when Brad left her for Angelina. Amanda has become unreal to me, a celebrity among other celebrities, while I’m still all too real for my own good. Brad may leave Angelina for Amanda for all I know. It is so far out of my experience they might all be fictional characters, created by E! and People magazine, to entertain us in the grocery store lines.
My book review site, Smashwords Books Reviewed, is now a do-it-yourself review site on Facebook. You can write your own review, tell your bio and interests, say hi! to your friends, Create or join a discussion. Search for it on Facebook. Tell your friends and family. No more bickering about quality writing, no more vile comments, no more me having to do all the work for free. Promote your book, then promote the site, so you’ll get more readers. There’s nothing in it for me, so you can feel comfortable I will not send you a bill.
Social networking is a double-edged sword, and I’m much too awkward to carry sharp and pointy objects. I’d like to see everyone take advantage of this resource, make it grow like mountain weed, and get us all high with your efforts. I’ll help when I can.
So what is the myth of self-publishing? That you can chat your way to the golden fleece.