Saturday, April 29, 2006

Do people hate self-published authors? Um...

... it depends on how you define "."

Technically, if you self-publish, you ARE the publisher. You hire your own printing service, you buy the ISBN number, you file for , and you deal with all business part of publishing, including marketing and distribution.

is a bit different. Vanity publishers will tell you that you're self-publishing through them, but if the vanity owns the ISBN number (and they do), then in the eyes of the industry, the vanity is the publisher, not you. A small distinction, but it can make a big difference if you try to get a distributor to pick up your books so that you can get them into a real bricks-and-mortar bookstore, where something like 90% of books are sold.

That said, the folks over at SlushPile.Net have a well-written rant about Why People Hate Self-Published Authors. There are some good points here to think about regardless of whether you publish via a traditional publisher, a vanity press, or your own small company. It's not so much about how you are published as how you present yourself to the world.

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