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SEPARATE SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS ON OU BOOKSHELF

Dear Editor,

Thank you for reviewing the paperback version of my newest book, Bears in the Backyard. While reading Bookshelf, it occurred to me that there seems to be no distinction made between books that were published by traditional publishers and those that were self published. Granted, as a long-time traditional author, I will admit bias against self-published writers being considered in the same light as authors who have been contracted to write books. This is not the reason for my suggestion. One of my reasons for reading reviews is to see what type of ideas publishers are buying. When I see a publisher’s name that is unfamiliar to me, I have to research it to determine if the book involved was indeed contracted by a publisher or printed by a vanity press. Knowing in advance would save me time. I wonder if other members have the same issue.

— Ed Ricciuti, Killingworth, Connecticut

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