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“In the past, authors believed that they should never have to pay to publish their work.”

Well, I believe this is also true today. A serious publisher is still an indispensable guidance for a writer that is going to publish a book. Vanity press simply cuts out the work of a professional editor, leaving the book unfinished.

However, since I’ve also worked as an editor, maybe I could get profit of their offer :stuck_out_tongue:

Paolo

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Mmmmmm. The ripe smell of bullshit…

Paul

It is. Self-publishing your novel is just a first class funeral for it.

How far in the past? In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, authors did pay. I remember reading one 17th century author’s justification for having his book published in the Netherlands was that because they paid him (which apparently the English publishers weren’t doing yet).

Later, in the 18th century, many authors were published through a subscription process or through different folks taking out ‘shares’ of a book.

My point is to show that publishing changes and evolves just like everything else.

(I’ve never self-published any kind of book, but I have been considering using POD to bring back an old OOP book of mine.)

There are some success stories, such as The Celestine Prophecy, How to Be Your Own Best Friend, and The Joy of Cooking. But I think it’s important to note that they attained their greatest success once a mainstream publisher picked them up.

In these cases, the author had a built in distribution system, such as an established teaching or lecturing schedule that allowed them to get the word out.

Because that’s what a publisher offers most, besides editing and aesthetics. It’s the distribution and sales system you need on your side.

After all, the desktop publishing tools, and the use of PDF’s, allow anyone to get the book into a publishable form. And organizing it yourself is cheaper, if you think the Internet will let you go that route.

One notable recent entry like that is:
Bob Altemeyer’s - The Authoritarians
home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

which is a fascinating psychological study of the dangers of authoritarianism by a respected researcher in the field. He was discouraged by publishers because of the supposedly controversial nature of his findings, so he went ahead and put it out, quite simply.

Hmm… I’m always a tad wary when new users post only a singular post that is advertising something…

Good ol’ forum spamming… :wink:

I quite like the Omnigroup forum approach to this - a “Here Be Spammers” drop-zone. Simple, and a mite embarrassing for the recipient.