Have run across a site, mentioned on a LinkedIn group discussion forum, and really want to get this public’s opinion. The site talks about one voice for self published authors and giving credibility to authors that self publish, comparable to those that traditionally publish. It’s set up on a volunteer basis and books are judged eligible for the seal of approval based on objective reviews by three evaluators that determine if a book has met the basic standards for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting.
What do you think? Indie authors certainly have their work cut out for them to be taken seriously. Even the most professional, most talented author, that uses professional service providers for editing, proofreading, cover designing, and formatting, struggles to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, many books have been too easily published, without professional workmanship applied to every aspect of the book so that it stands comparable to a traditionally published book and has made this problem what it is.
Could a site like this be the answer? Has anyone used this process and can share with us if they felt the evaluation process was good enough? Will it stand the test of time or will it hurt more in the longer run because something gets through and then gets bad reviews for proofreading, undermining the purpose of the site and process? What are your thoughts? What else can authors do to change the perception that self publishing is too easy and doesn’t result in a product that compares with authors published by places like Scribner, Random House, etc.?