Friday, April 22, 2005

More Self-Publishing

Almost anybody will be able to say, ''I published my book last week.''
Yeah, and it will be worth exactly what anything is when everyone can do it: Next to zip. This NY Times piece is a long survey where all of the vanity presses get lumped in together under self-publishing which is incorrect in my view. Self-publishing is all handled by the author and all of the profits come back. No one else other than ala carte contracts for services are involved. These vanity companies are different. Publishamerica and the snake slimeball Larry Clopper get away with their usual literary murder in these softball accounts. I wonder what it will take to change that?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the media's view of unpublishable books (self published or vanity published) will ever change--nor be differentiated.

Frankly, why should they be? Both self published books and vanity projects have one thing in common--both are deemed unmarketable by a professional agent/editor. (even in the case of a legitimate self publisher, he probably assumed his book would not have been traditionally published, therefore started his own company)

The only real difference between self publishing and vanity publishing is the money the self publisher can throw around. (and added technical responsibilities) And just because he/she is privileged in that regard shouldn't mean any extra praise.

Either a book is marketable or not. If not, then both the self publisher and vanity press author go outside the system.

--Mitchell Warren

3:56 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

There's the difference in getting reviews and self-placement. But look at the expense. It's quite high. With vanity it's hopeless.

6:52 PM  

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