|This guy is John Green. I never heard of him until a couple of days ago.|
Apparently he's an author with lots of Twitter followers.
He uses dirty words. Should I give a shit about him?
My first book was published by Doubleday in 1977. My second was published by a small "indie" 20 years later. I'm much happier with the books published by my own tiny Silver Sands Books. They're better books, reached more readers and I made more money from them.
Zoe Winters is an author and blogger. She says, “The average reader doesn’t care how a book gets to market. If the book is good, it doesn't matter if your Chihuahua published it.” Author/blogger S.G. Royle wrote, “People don't buy books from publishers. They buy them from authors.” Edward Uhlan founded Exposition Press—an early and important pay-to-publish company—in 1936. He said, “Most people can’t tell the difference between a vanity book and a trade book anyway. A book is a book.”
On the other hand, many booksellers and book reviewers can tell the difference and do care—and may reject a book solely because of its publishing company.