The publishing industry is home to many questionable practices

In days of yore, publishing a book was a privilege realized by a select few, thanks to a rigorous culling process by publishing houses. This seems to no longer be the case since self-publishing is easier than ever before, particularly with the advent of the e-book. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Certainly, there are several gems that must have gotten lost in the past due to a publishers’ discretion. After all, almost every successful author has faced rejection, even of works that go on to be wild successes. But now that anyone can publish anything, have sub-par offerings diluted, or even reduced, the overall quality of today’s body of publications?  While far from a systematic review, one recent experience certainly made me consider the thought. Continue reading