I have been reading, researching and writing about self publishing since before it became
a concept,and even before the first book was written on the subject; way back when "Men were Men"
and "Books were Books"
Even now I still read as much as I can about the subject, despite the fact that eBook publishing
has become the global must-do fad.
However the past five years has proved that keeping up is easier to say than do with seemingly
hundreds of eBooks on the subject flooding the online stores.
Unfortunately it seems that the majority of these masterpieces are nothing more than
cut and paste agglomerations and dumbing down of the easiest parts to understand
of the great and not so great work which has gone before.
In true eBook fashion adopted by the get your ego out there as quick as possible "writers",
everything about writing and self publishing has been distilled into two essential points:
1. Spend chapter after chapter, page after page, paragraph after paragraph emphasizing
the simple point that writing should be concise, sharp, focused, succinct, short, brief, compact,
condensed and tight, with no excess verbiage, or unnecessary words, or redundant repetitions
or inclusions which don't add to the specific meaning, or simply belabor a previously well made point.
2. Editing should be accurate and meticulous, to the point of perfection, which is precisely
why these ebooks are litted with typso and speling misteaks, meaningless
stringszzxxue;//wzvx97@##--=- of letters, order word incorrect, pore constructionization of
sentenceliness, appalling grandma, and but then though all of a sudden all in all as
incomprehensible and difficult to read as your typical Nigerian Scam Email.
And as for self published eBooks about photography? Well apart from the very rare gem
worth reading it appears that most of the authors in the genre have taken to heart the
famous blog headline of recent times "Photography is so Easy it is Ridiculous"
without reading the context or understanding the irony contained within.
According to the majority of eBook authors who ramble on about it, the entire world, meaning
and rich history of photography can be reduced to gushings about "passion", "bokeh"
and "the rule of thirds", with of course the occasional name drop of "Ansel Adams"
thrown in for good measure.
I have managed to survive reading hundreds of these abominations, but those of lesser constitutions
who read just one or two, may find themselves inflicted by an uncontrollable desire to step,
no leap in front of moving buses.