Self-Publishing; I Could Be Wrong

You know, we’ve had an ongoing self-publishing experiment for a while now–blogs. And I think it’s pretty uniformly understood that they heyday of the independent blogger is ending, if not ended. People are transitioning to Facebook or to group blogs or to book writing or whatever. The blog–the central thing–has become just one more tab on the website or a note on Facebook or you’re just one more person on a portal.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s wrong to look to music publishing to try to find some guidance about book publishing. But the more I think about it, the more I think we should also not overlook the lessons of blogging. Here is/was a bunch of content, free for the picking, that was going to transform and replace regular media.

And… well… kind of but not really.

I think we’d do wise to keep that in mind.

Not that I don’t think publishing is going to change rapidly. Of course it is. But it’s a bridge through fog, you know? We can’t say from here what’s over there.

Anyway, I read this.

3 thoughts on “Self-Publishing; I Could Be Wrong

  1. This is very much on my mind right now. I’m working with an author who has two completed, well written, well edited manuscripts, in two very different genres. One is being seriously shopped to agents and publishing houses, the other I’m launching online only (you’ll be able to buy the ebook, or simply read a chapter for free a week with added online content, cumulatively until the whole book is available for free). I’m curious to see how it turns out both ways.

  2. Blogs havent died so much as theyve settled back down into what they always should have been. Micro self-publishing for those who express themselves well in the medium. Everyone who came to blogging for social interaction moved over to Facebook and Twitter, where your writing can either be directed or brief.

    Everyone who came to blogging looking to be Dooce…theyre mostly gone as well. Gone, or making a few bucks writing for established media or conglomerate blogs.

    That wild west era is over. It only took three years. Hopefully the boom in self-publishing will take half that before micropresses step in to provide some sort of guidance and direction.

    Go to Smashwords. Go to

    Look at the flood of free stuff, $.99 stuff. None of it vetted, little of it edited at all. And all of it sounding the same, as though the authors read those stories around xmas about authors making a quartermil and finding agents thru s-p and spent the last five months banging something out. It’s like blogs in 2006. Everybody has one, precious few know what to do with them.

    Here on the sidelines i pretty much beg anyone whowants their work taken seriously to hold out for a publisher. Or wait another twenty months and get on with one of the boutique presses that are springing up.

  3. Funny that the article was written by MJRose. She’s one of the authors who was bitten early on by the free-release promotion on Kindle. In Kindle circles she’s notorious for having put out one of the first “free book!”s that was really an introduction to the books you had to buy. Her publisher (Mira) learned a BIG lesson about the fastest wayto burn an author.

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