Now that we're years into the Indie or Self-publishing cycle of life, it seems almost absurd that people who went the route of self publishing were treated with such disdain by authors who had the backing of a large publishing house.
But that's how it was.
And truth be told, it wasn't always an easier path to take in order to get a book published. iBooks were the new thing, Kindle wasn't even thought of yet. Digital publishing still meant converting your word document into a PDF and emailing it to someone. Smash words was not an easy thing to figure out (like it is now) and Create Space was still a few years away.
I will admit, many of these pioneers took short cuts, possibly thinking that by choosing the self-publishing route, they could bypass the steps it takes to create a well polished book: like editing and proofreading. I saw many, many - too many - books that read more like a first draft than a completed work. I also saw authors with thin skin, unable to handle the scrutiny and criticism that traditionally published authors had to face as their work was taken over by their publisher.
Every so often though, I'd be handed a book that the author had taken the necessary steps to do it right. To do their story and their time justice by hiring professionals to help them create a professional product. A well written, edited, proofread and formatted Book.
Still, I felt that no matter how the book turned out, the author deserved a moment in the spotlight. Well polished or not, work - time, blood sweat and tears - had been spent to create their dream of being a published author. So I created Page Readers Radio.