Publishing is Not a Meritocracy

“Desk at night” by El Villano is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

I was doing that most time-sucking of all activities earlier today — scrolling through Facebook — and I saw a post about self-publishing in one of my groups. The poster wondered what the group thought about self-publishing. She confessed that she hasn’t made any attempt to find an agent or land a deal at a small press, perhaps for fear of rejection.