Archive for December, 2009

Godin's post is titled, "You don't have the power"

One of the blogs I enjoy reading is written by Seth Godin. In a recent post, Seth addresses the current debate around self publishing. His comment fall into the category of, “I wished I would have wrote that” or “I could not have said it any better”.  In his post, Seth makes the argument that publishers resistance to the indie book publishing is short sighted and is a similar battle that  was fought and lost by the movie and newspaper industries. Here’s how he put it:

Movie execs thought they had the power to fight TV. Record execs thought they had the power to fight iTunes. Magazine execs thought they had the power to fight the web. Newspaper execs thought they had the power to fight Craigslist.

 To read the complete post, click here. I think you will find it an interesting perspective.

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If you’ve been reading this blog, you know there has been quite a debate recently about the value of self-publishing versus traditional publishing. It is an interesting dialogue and it is probably clear what I think about self-publishing. It is a viable option that simply provides authors and readers more opportunity and choice.

This coming February I will be addressing this topic in a seminar at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference. The title of my seminar is, “What good does it do to die with a manuscript in your drawer?‘ After all, the goal of writing is getting published, not just creating a manuscript. Self-publishing makes that possible for so many more writers. I can’t see how that is wrong or bad.

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If you’ve been following this blog, and others like them, you know there has been an outgoing debate about what role self-publishing has in the publishing industry. Some see it as a pox upon the life of authors, while others see it as simply the natural evolution of an industry in need of a change. Today, Kevin Weiss, President and CEO of Author Solutions, issued a statement that I think sums up the key points in this debate. Enjoy.


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