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A word from Seth Godin: Publishers who don’t have the power to fight the change

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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What good does it do to die with a manuscript in your drawer?

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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This is really about opportunity and choice for authors and readers

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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The power of Indie is catching on

For the past 18 months, I have been suggesting that self publishing is simply the evolution of the publishing industry in a way that is similar to what we have have already seen in the film and music industry. I wrote a white paper, which is available on the Author Solutions web site, which details that development.

Initially, people in the publishing industry reacted negatively to this characterization of self publishing because they were connecting  the idea to an “independent press”, not an independant artist creating, controlling and promoting his or her work.

But it appears, more and more people are seeing self-publishing as truly the next Indie revolution. Rob Asghar, posted an article on the Huffington Post titled, “Going Indie Rebranding the New Wave of Authors”.

In his article, he recaps the frustration of trying to get published through and agent and his decision to self publish. In one section, he makes this observation,

Indie publishing isn’t “there” yet — but it’s darned close. And any good first-time writer, who’ll have to do his or her own marketing anyway, unless her name is, say, Hillary Clinton, has to take it seriously as a place to invest one’s personal literary treasures. And indie publishing, as its name implies, promises autonomy, freedom from the whims of traditionalists telling how they’ll allow you to tell your story.

Well said.