Local writer Angie Gallion is thankful for the decision she made four years ago to self-publish her first three novels, “Intoxic,” “Purgus” and “Icara.”
Though small press and independently published novels are often dismissed, the practice of publishing one's own books is gaining in popularity and has spawned a subculture of passionate writers and a world of great reads.
“When my first novel was published, I contacted some local media and reviewers and said, ‘Hey, I’ve written a book, and I’m from around here,’” Gallion explained. “In most cases, as soon as I mentioned that I was self-published, I was told they wouldn’t read it.”
Gallion admitted that because self-publishing can be easy and relatively inexpensive, it leaves the door open for the general public to publish and promote almost anything.
“It has gotten a bad reputation because there really are people who use the option just for fun,” Gallion said. “There are unedited and badly written books out there.”
There is also a world of “undiscovered” amazing writers worth reading, Gallion said, and she is proud to be a part of that group. The writer has formed a circle of like-minded friends and has embraced the opportunity to advocate for fellow writers she – and thousands of fans – believe have penned novels not to be missed.
Gallion has established a blog site (www.angiegallion.com/blog) in which she reads, reviews and promotes hundreds of books, many of which were written by writers all over Coweta County. Her latest Gallion Pick, “A Year of Teatime Tales,” was written by Angela McRae, a Newnan-based writer, editor, blogger and columnist.
“The struggle in self-publishing is never being able to grab hold of the business and conquer,” explained writer and The Newnan Times-Herald columnist Lee St. John. “Because you don’t know what it is you are trying to grab. It’s out of your control although you’d think in self-publishing you would have more control.”
The triumphs, however, include being a part of a group of other passionate artists seeking the same goal, which is how Gallion came to meet St. John.
“I enjoy meeting newbies who are also trying to understand this business,” St. John said. “We share and support each other because we know how hard it is to be even somewhat successful. Success to me, as a humorist, is reading my stories in groups and watching the laughter erupt.”