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I may be late to the party on this one, but it's a great post and discussion, and here's my 2 cents against and for self publishing, as I do play both sides of the fence. We produce books for authors to self publish, but guess what. . . The main reason we do it is so that an author has something--sales--to take to an agent or major publisher. Yes, major publishers are slow. Yes, their business model is archaic to say the least. Yes, they require most authors to do their own marketing. Yes, there are exceptions. Yes, yes, but: major publishers know how to get books in stores (still relevant) and libraries, and they know their business. Yesterday I saw back-cover copy written by a major publisher for an author I work with. It was great, perfectly tuned and targeted. The author could not have written it that way, nor could I have. I may decide to do my own book, and I likely will self publish. But I'll do it to ultimately get the credibility and support of a major publisher.
2 years, 6 months ago on Traditional Book Publishing vs. Self-Publishing