Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A new model for publishing

For The Huffington Post, Hugh McGuire sets out his vision of a new model for publishing.
As the availability of web-based tools for making books grows, the distinction will be between what you might call "corporate publishing" -- blockbuster, and top-end publishing; commercial textbook production, etc. -- and the rest of us. The rest of us are "independent": the smaller presses, groupings of people who put craft and time into making something with various motivations, and yes, individual writers. That doesn't mean there won't be money on the independent side, but the structures around the businesses will be very different than on the blockbuster side.

1 comment:

  1. It would be interesting to know how many Guild members have published their own books and:
    a) What methods they used
    b) What problems they had
    c) How much it cost in time/money
    d) How knowledgeable they were to begin with
    e) Whether it was worthwhile financially
    f) What advice they might offer a beginner

    I have successfully published on Lulu, but it is not as easy as the Lulu site suggests. Perhaps someone might like to self-publish a book on how it is done for the Guild.


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