Guest post: Mike Cooley defends self-publishers

Passion in a author is an essential ingredient in the mix that leads to great fiction. My guest blogger Mike Cooley has passion. Read for yourself…

I am primarily a fiction writer, but from time to time something pisses me off and I jot down some non-fiction. Usually those things end up on my blog, but in this case I wanted a wider audience for my thoughts, so I wrote Traditional Publishing Is My Bitch!

It all started with a popular web site that I will refer to as A & W. They are a vindictive lot there. It’s always their way or the highway and they really don’t let logic interfere with their world view. They have attacked friends of mine and banned them from the site simply for stating the truth. They have posted one-star reviews just to try to bring us down. They are petty and jealous.

And they are upset that their long held ideas about publishing are being turned upside down.

Well, it happened one too many times for me when they attacked David Gaughran and his awesome book Let’s Get Digital. So I wrote my response.

In the beginning it was just a rant. I wanted the title and the cover to be provocative, and the contents to be a little more logical and reasonable. Just going over the reasons I self-publish and the reasons I think it’s a better way to go.

Shortly after publishing the rant—for free on Smashwords—I wrote a blog post about helpful self-publishing hints (really just a cliff’s notes sort of thing with a paragraph on each topic). Nothing nearly as comprehensive as David’s book (which is why there is a link to his book at the end of mine). I decided it would be a good idea to add that section to the book, so I did.

About that time the pricing had trickled around and Amazon price-matched it to free. At which point it took off. It was nice to see “sales” every day on Amazon even if they were just free downloads. At least people were reading it. I got a lot of nice emails and tweets from fellow writers who agreed with my assessment.

Then, just as suddenly, the price went to 99 cents (I think BN raised the price and then Amazon matched). At that point it went to #11 in the Paid / Authorship category briefly and I had to do a short and awkward “happy dance.”

I felt that it was a little short for 99cents when that happened so I added excerpts from three of my fiction books to the end, with links to the books on Amazon.

It’s part rant, part pep talk, part helpful hints, and part fiction now. It started out free and just for promotion and it has turned into something more.

And I can’t stop without mentioning Christine of Flip City Covers. Her cover art makes it look so professional. If you need a cover, look her up: [I have. She’s great and I’m thinking of using her myself. Tim]

I’m a self-published author. And I write well. And I’m not going to sit idly by while people generalize and lie about me and my friends. We have just as much right to be successful as they do. They don’t have to like it. But attack me, and I will defend myself. Attack my friends, and I will do so ten-fold. That’s just the way it is.


A bit about Mike

Mike’s a science fiction and fantasy author with a collection of short stories and several shorter works to his name. He has recently released the first in the Crystal Warrior series of fantasy novels. His short Twilight parody (How To Keep Sparkly Emo Vampires Off Your Lawn ) wins the (un-) coveted Tim C. Taylor award for best-named book of the month.

Traditional Publishing Is My Bitch! Is available as an eBook from a number of retailers, including and

Find out more about Mike at: Mike’s blog | Mike’s page on

About Tim C. Taylor

Tim C. Taylor writes science fiction and is the author of 21 published novels as of August 2021. His latest book is 'Hold the Line', published by Theogony Books. Find out more at
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1 Response to Guest post: Mike Cooley defends self-publishers

  1. The truth will set you free, just after ir pisses you off.

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