Response to Jerry Jenkins on Self-publishing, continued
But it also appeals to authors who are traditionally published but are not sold on that model any longer, who know the business, know good writing, know the technology, have had their work vetted, have taken the time to do it right, and who know what they are getting into.
If an elderly person wants to write his/her memoirs for the family, self-publishing is great. An oral history might be better and less time-consuming.
Most of the people who think they have a book in them don't. That's just the reality. The basic idea might be good but they don't know, nor care to learn, what would make the book readable or interesting for someone else. That's a big jump.