Author Sue Grafton, best known for the ‘alphabet series’ of thrillers, has caused a small stir by advising young authors not to self-publish. In an interview with LouisvilleKY.com, she suggests that self-publishing is the lazy option and that authors should instead take time to hone their craft. She goes on to claim that if all goes well, the universe will come to the aid of a writer with a good, well-told story.
As Hugh Howey notes, the idea that self-publishing is somehow lazy seems a little uninformed. Grafton accepts that there are occasionally exceptions to the rule, i.e. self-published authors who break out and become success stories, but she sticks to her guns and insists that writing is not a DIY-at-home project but something that requires time, a craft to be honed.
Grafton’s comments come across, in my view, as being a kind of boilerplate response by a traditionally-published author regarding the self-publishing world. David Vinjamuri has picked up on Grafton’s comments for a Forbes story about self-publishing, and Grafton has now spoken to the LouisvilleKY.com website again to clarify her earlier comments, taking a more even-handed approach and actually acknowledging that she might have got things wrong a little.