UK’s Profile Books publisher Andrew Franklin craps on self-pub

This is my first time reading about independent publisher Andrew Franklin of the UK-based Profile Books, and boy does he sound like a treat to work with. In a recent publisher’s conference he was quoted as saying,

“The overwhelming majority [of self-published books] are terrible—unutterable rubbish,” Franklin said. “They don’t enhance anything in the world.”

He went on to say,

“these books come out and are met with a deathly silence, so the principal experience of self-publishing is one of disappointment.”

Considering that this guy also heads up an organization called the Independent Alliance, which represents a number of indie publisher, it doesn’t seem like a very good group to associate with if your aspirations are to be heard or understood as an independent writer.