Slef Publishing wth Elegnace

Self-publishing has completely redefined the publishing industry in the past decade, for better and for worse. The cost of becoming a ‘published author’ has become ridiculously inexpensive, paving a smooth road to many the aspiring author and undercutting the monopoly of publishing houses. Of course, self-publishing does not guarantee instant fame. Other pieces of publishing – editing, cover design, press – that are usually managed by a publishing house must be taken into the author’s own hands or outsourced to other contacts within the industry. It is at stage that the attention to detail is often lost, leaving us with so many beautiful disasters of books: from Bitch, Are You Retarded? to the (in)glorious 50 Shades of Grey. Too often, these books feature unattractive cover designs, awkward titles, and enough punctuation errors to give readers a nervous twitch.

So, if self-publishing is really giving venerated publishing houses a run for their money, why does it lend itself to a bad reputation? Following this line of inquiry, the Guardian has started a series that aims to get to the heart of self publishing by interviewing successful self-published authors. Hopefully, readers will be shown a more personal, author-based perspective on self-publishing to complement any hazy knowledge of the processes behind it.

via The Guardian


8 responses to “Slef Publishing wth Elegnace

  1. Thanks for posting this. It’s cool to see that someone in the print world is taking self published books seriously (and as more than just a threat to ‘traditional’ publishing).

    • Thanks Jessica, ‘slef’ was actually meant to be spelled incorrectly, as were ‘wth’ and ‘elegnace’, but clearly my quip fell flat on its face.

      • Oh my goodness. I cannot believe I just read over “wth” and “elegnace.” Sigh.

        So, anyway, I don’t know that my failure to grasp your clever humor is any indication of your quip’s success. More my lack of careful reading and somewhat-irritating desire to seem always helpful.

    • Thanks for sharing those, the second one in particular was really illuminating. The publishing industry is definitely in a transitional period, though I doubt established publishing houses will ever vanish completely. That said, they’ll have to start finding more effective ways of marketing their bestselling books to an online readership to remain economically viable.

      • Funniest thing about that event was that Audrey Niffenegger started off with a really optimistic keynote/lecture (on link) where she effectively said everyone was worrying for nothing, then dropped a ‘KTHXBAI’ and left, at which point all the people in publishing started talking about how doomed the industry was, which continued all day.

        ‘the net has fall’n upon me! I shall perish under device and practise.’


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