The Biggest Problem with Self-Publishing

Debbi Mack
2 min readMar 24, 2023
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The biggest problem with self-publishing is this.

Not this book or this author, in particular. But the idea that (to quote one of the sources):

“In this day and age, anyone can publish a ‘book’ and repeat bizarre and baseless accusations, including fugitives from justice who are facing multiple counts of fraud,” said David Weinman, a spokesman for Hogan.

And don’t you love the quote marks around “book”? So, did he publish a book or a “book”? 🙂

Here’s another awesome quote:

Baltimore Banner reporters were unable to confirm some parts of the chapters or that McGrath helped write the book. The author has been vague about his own identity.

Awesome. Is McGrath his real name? His pen name? As a Maryland official, one would hope he’s not going by an alias.

But my point is … this kind of thing reflects badly on the rest of us poor suckers.

The bottom line is that, as one author ( Vince Zandri, in case you’re interested) put it, you could write, “Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit.” Do that for 100 pages (or 10 or 20 or 200, whatever), then put a cover on it like this …

Um … you know, some of us actually do want to write good stories. 🙂

Ten thousand hours and a few hundred or so rejections later, And here we are!

Originally published at on March 24, 2023.



Debbi Mack

New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website: