Self Publishing: Friend or Foe?

Publishers are beginning to accept—and even embrace—the self-publishing movement.

The Book Country website focuses on five categories of genre fiction: mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy and romance. A 'genre map' allows aspiring authors to locate their manuscript in relation to other works by referencing a known author in that category.

Book Country's website provides tools for writers to post manuscripts, hone their craft, review others' works and have their works reviewed by peers. Self-publishing services will be added to the website later this year.

Book Country users refine their genre category by placing their contribution in the environs of a sub category—say, 'sexy,' 'dark,' or 'funny' within the Paranormal Romance category.