“The Self-Published Author is No Different than the Salem Witch” by Emlyn Chand

Let’s face it – the publishing industry is changing. We can all pretty much agree on that, right?

What we’ve got on our hands is an oncoming era of enlightenment (I prefer that to the often-touted “revolution”). ‘T wasn’t long ago that being a self-published author was practically as shocking and horrific as being a witch in Salem, Massachusetts circa 1700.

“What damnation have you wrought upon yourself? Upon us all?” The traditional pub villagers would cry as they rushed for their pitch forks and torches. “Be gone with you, unnatural creatures!”

And those unkind words were enough to send us packing. They didn’t have to chase us out of the village, for we never had any real magic, we were never any real threat.


We opened our eyes. We saw the true powers we possessed, and we saw the villagers for what they lacked.

We are able to manipulate our circumstances. We have more control than any who’ve gone before us. Self-publishing truly is magic.

But we can’t just walk around all blasé, showing off our green skin and harry warts while levitating our way through the park. That would be a mistake. We need to put on a little bit of concealer and keep our feet on the ground. We wouldn’t want to scare them away.

Similarly, a self-published or indie author needs to put on a bit of a show. We need to know when to conform to the “village” way of life and when to do our own damn thang. If we can get them to come in for a closer look, they might understand our allure. Then they’ll stop being so afraid.

Our make-up isn’t Maybelline to cover that green skin (I ♥ you, Elphaba). No. We apply our foundation by writing a truly fetching and well-edited manuscript. We dab on the blush when we take the time and expense needed to don an attractive book cover. Our lipstick is a professional, personal, and functional web presence.

Don’t we look pretty? We do, I tell you. And we’re all the more beautiful for knowing that we possess something so much deeper within:  creativity, stick-to-it-ness, bravery, and of course – magic.

If you really examine the state of the publishing industry, it’s not the traditional house execs that populate the villages. Oh, they’re definitely the mayors, the cryers, and a few other choice townspeople. But if you want to see who lives in the village, go and knock on a few doors.

It’s the readers, bibliophiles, book addicts. They’re the ones who built this town. The mayor would have no village to govern if ‘tweren’t for them.

And thank God for it!

We arrived on their doorsteps – beaten, bloody, in need of a hot meal and a bit of rest. They may have been put off by our bedraggled appearance, but they ultimately let us in and showed us the true nature of their hospitality.

I kind of like this town; I think I’ll move in 😉

Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival–an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.

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Genre – Fantasy / Futuristic & Romance
Rating – PG13
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Website http://www.emlynchand.com/

This guest post is part of Emlyn’s blog tour with OrangeBerry Virtual Book Tours.
Check out the tour’s schedule here.


About Lisa Taylor

Hello! I'm an author, and in my time as an author I've realized that there are thousands of authors out there that just don't get the attention they deserve. So I'm hosting this "Writer's Block Party" so you can get to know the people that create the stories we all love!
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7 Responses to “The Self-Published Author is No Different than the Salem Witch” by Emlyn Chand

  1. jennymilch says:

    Funny, and true. I think the post on my blog today might speak to you and your readers–it’s by Jasha Levi, who is uttering a rallying cry for indie authors by crafting a Seal of Approval for their books. I don’t want to post a link here, but if you get a chance please drop by suspenseyourdisbelief.com

  2. I really enjoyed this post!

  3. What a great analogy! Shared it on Twitter.

    Too bad a few “witches” didn’t get the memo. They showed up in their horrific glory and scared the town early on. Things will turn around, though, and those who don’t get the message won’t be as likely to succeed. Go on, Witches!

  4. Lisa you always have fine articles on your site. And the self-publishing analogy is no different. However, being a newly published self published author I have to disagree with the point that much headway is just as possible in our world. I as well as independent authors in my writing workshops have been exhaustively self-promoting. There are too many blogs and too many books and for that reason it is a tough sell. Ive learned that doors do not open as easily for independents. I have had local bookstores and LIBRARIES and local radio stations issue me flat out NO’s because I did not publish tradtionally. Believe me my intention is not to dwell on the negative, just the reality!

  5. Ruth Ellen Parlour says:

    I love the analogy! What an imaginative post 🙂

  6. Thanks for featuring me as a guest poster, Lisa. I’m sorry it took me so long to stop by. I’ve been in the very hectic process of moving to a new city, but now I’m back in action and thankful for the feature 😉

    Hello, commenters, thanks for all the nice messages. I agree with Marcus that there are some pretty ugly witches in our world. They’ll see to it that they’re burned at the stake… eventually. Vincent, it’s a tough road–it’s long, rocky, and full of twists and turns–but it can get you to your destination if you keep forging forth.

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