With all of the options out there to publish, it's pretty tempting to just point and click your way to a completed book. It's hard enough to compete in publishing. Put in the effort and put forth your best book. Does your book deserve anything less?
We don't expect most other forms of entertainment to come without a price. Most of us pay for cable or satellite TV. We pay for the Internet connections in our homes. Compared to other ways we entertain ourselves, books are not that expensive.
What is so controversial about Tim Ferriss' new book to earn the title of "the most banned book in U.S. history"? With The 4-Hour Chef due to hit shelves this week, there's just one problem: There are no shelves for it to hit.
My Chinese uncle had a favorite proverb: "Great misfortune disguises great good fortune." With the imminent publication of my new novel, The Spy Lover, I reflect on that proverb, and the events that occurred before the book was finally published.
If an otherwise good author may find it difficult to publish, but has something interesting to contribute to the conversation of his or her community, then by all means, put the idea out there and let it stand or fall based on its merits.