“Mr. Peate self-publishes everything. He’s a teacher. Utterly incapable of making a lucrative living writing or even surviving on his writing income alone.”
The implication of any attack on self-published works is that traditional publishers always recognize, reward, and promote merit, that only those not good enough to be published traditionally would be forced to resort to “vanity” publishing. We all know that is not true of traditional publishers, who pursue what sells and routinely ignore or dismiss the commercial potential of meritorious works. Such attacks would be beneath notice if they were not pervasive. Works ranging from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to Andy Weir’s The Martian were self-published.
I tend to bypass traditional publishers because I cannot trust them to see my work’s merit or to treat me fairly. If a traditional publisher sees my merit and wishes to treat me fairly, I welcome that.
If one wishes to argue that my work lacks merit, one is welcome to read it and explain why it lacks merit. Anything less is just laziness, insulting the work without bothering to support assertions.
My friend author Ryan Z. Dawson says, “If people won’t read authors whose names aren’t well-known even if they personally know those authors and their struggles, then it’s their loss. They miss out on amazing stories. That’s on one hand. On the other hand, such people don’t care about reading anyway. They only wave books as tribal colors.”
Another friend, Howard S. Dunn, was more blunt, arguing that “conflating choice of marketing/distribution channels, monetary success, and quality of writing” amounted to a “non sequitur”.
For those unwilling trust my judgement, I provide this list of my works that have been published by others. Of course I don’t know, but it would seem to me that having five different fiction and nonfiction pieces published by four different publishers validates my own assessment of my work. That said, I invite you to decide on the merits of my work for yourself.
Robert Peate’s publishing history:
“My Snow Day”, Oswego County Messenger, March 1, 1983
“Are Times Hard, or Are We?”, Oregon English Journal, Volume XXXII No 1, Spring 2010
“Perma-Rest”, Better Than Starbucks, December 1, 2017
“Poetic Justice”, Meat for Tea, Volume 14, Issue 2: Passionfruit (2020)
“Wilma”, Meat for Tea, Volume 15, Issue 2: Criadilla de Toro (2021)