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Publishers: What do I need you for?

Over at The Ranting Crone, my friend Pam Brierley has a great post about an encounter she had with a panel of publishers at last year’s Canadian Authors Association conference.

If they aren’t editing and they aren’t marketing, what are they doing (and is it worth it?)

These very sorts of questions are what’s pushed me to self-publishing.

Go visit Pam! 

Filed under: DIY, ebooks, publishing, self-publishing, Writers, Writing Conferences, , , , ,

7 Responses

  1. Always helps if the link works! 🙂

  2. Sorry – referring to the second link in green. First is okay.

  3. Chazz says:

    I fixed the second link. Thanks for letting me know about it. (Both links go to the same wonderful place, though.)

    I’m sure you ‘probably’ didn’t mean that to sound as bitchy it sounded, Mark. 🙂

  4. It’s a very good question, Pam.

    Unfortunately blogger is in one of its “we don’t recognise wordpress ID” moods, and since Chazz has also posed your question I’m responding here.

    As co-author of a fiction ebook that’s doing remarkably well on Kindle UK with neither agent nor publisher, it’s a question we have been asking ourselves even as we seek representation.

    At this stage there are certain things a publisher could do for us that we cannot do ourselves. Reaching a bigger market than we do already being the key one.

    We sell 20,000 ebooks a month on Kindle UK, but we sell effectively nothing on Barnes & Nobel because we haven’t got a US zip code, so cannot buy or sell direct. We could upload our ebook to B&N through Smashwords, but then we are unable to buy a copy from B&N to check formatting, amd anyway B&N algorythms favor PubIt.

    Translation and foreign language sales are another big area where the legacy publishers still have the advantage. Even if we could get our ebook translated to French and German we could not ourselves list on those Amazon platforms.

    It seems to me these are all areas that a few forward thinking, enterprising agents will move into, offering formatting and uploading services, and perhaps directly employing some of the rejected editors, as the e-publishing revolution unfolds and more legacy publishers succumb to the inevitable.

  5. Pam says:

    Hi Mark,
    Congratulations on successfully self-publishing and thanks for your perspective. It is good to hear from someone who went the self-publishing route. I’d like to hear many different perspectives on this issue. You make some great points about the advantages authors still have with traditional publishers. I hadn’t considered international sales. And I think you are right, there are going to be big changes in the way business is done and it will be led by innovative entrepreneurs. I’m excited to see what is in store in the next few years!

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