Your Indie eBook Sucks. Now Look Right Here.

GreenPorch Winter of eReadingAfter self-publishing my second eNovel in December, I’ve been increasingly tormented by the fear that it possibly may not be quite the classic in the making I assumed anything pouring from my fingers would instantly be. Understand, this is a strange sensation for me. Even as a kid I used to imagine what it would feel like to be one of the dumb kids. I’ve just always been blessed/cursed with an ego the size of a professional athlete’s (despite neither being very professional or athletic).

Maybe my ego is more the size of your aunt Edna’s goiter. Anywho, as I’ve said in an earlier post, I’m stoopid like a fox. Steven Pressfield’s quote about artists and writers is so great that I’ll include it here again: “Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be—and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway.”

Normally that is me to a “T.” I’m as cluelessly cocky as they come. But lately I’ve rather non-stoopidly become aware that lots of self-published eBooks are ludicrously crappy. I have a collection of free Kindle samples to prove it.

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The Stoopid Shall Rule

Pinky and the BrainBow down to me, for I am your intellectual lessor. That’s right. I’ve got a brain, and I know how to ignore it. These truths transform me into a nearly irreconcilable and insurmountable power among all the bipedal who have ever roamed the earth.

At least that is what Steven Pressfield says in his recent book, Do the Work. And I’m just stoopid enough to agree. 1.) stoo·pid/ˈst(y)o͞opid/(adjective): combination of ignorance and laborious effort. (Yes, I made it up. I’m stoopid remember!) Never have I read words written by another that I so perfectly felt in my own soul (except for maybe a few passages in Holy Scripture, but whatever). [Read more...]