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Gatekeepers in publishing
I'm on a panel at next week's Weston litfest discussing Why DIY? It's on indie v trade publishing. One of the things we will be discussing is: Now that anyone can self-publish quickly and cheaply are there still gatekeepers?
Obviously agents and publishers exercise a level of quality control but how do you distinguish the best self-published books? Blogs, reviews, word of mouth? Any thoughts?