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Bloggers Are Self-Publishers

blogging and self-publishing Technically, if you write something and give it to someone else, you’ve published.

Copyright registration is only necessary to protect either income or form of presentation.

So, many folks are published who don’t even think they are

Back in February, I wrote a post called, Blogging ~ Can It Really Fulfill The Writer’s Dictum: “Write Every Day!”?.

[ The post pointed out the Maverick Punctuation in its title :-) ]

Today, I read a post by Joel Friedlander called, What’s the Same about Self-Publishing and Blogging?.

So far, in this  post, I’ve brought together writing-every-day, blogging, and self-publishing.

Maybe I should stop and let you read those posts and ponder………?

Naw, it’s only fair to add a couple quotes from Joel’s post for the folks who never click-through on links:

“Publishing a book without intermediaries has a long and erratic tradition in the United States.”

Considering Traditional Publishing, he says: “The author is at the mercy of the contract she has signed, the scruples of the publisher she has signed with, and the vagaries of the marketplace, about which she may know nothing, since the entire structure and mechanism of publishing keeps writers isolated from both their readers and the ways that publishers actually work.”

On blogging: “The interactive nature of blogging, and then of other social media innovations, is changing many aspects of our life. But blogging itself has continued to grow and adapt to widely different contexts and means of delivering information, entertainment and opinion to interested readers.”

I’ve often featured posts by Joel here and, if you’re serious about publishing—books or blogs—you would do very well indeed to study Joel’s blog and absorb all you can

Are you self-published?

Do you want to be?

Do you blog?

Do you want to?

Did you know that a blog is the Hub of promotion for many self-published authors?
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9 responses to “Bloggers Are Self-Publishers

  1. Catana September 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Suddenly, I’m thinking it’s been a while since the air was filled with warnings that if you publish anywhere at all, you’ve killed your chances to be picked up by a “real” publisher. First rights panic seems to have faded away rather quickly because 1. more and more people are going indie and don’t give a damn whether a “real” publisher might be interested in them. 2. “Real” publishers are scouring the internet for new writers, and they can no longer afford to insist on first rights.


    • Alexander M Zoltai September 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Yes, Catana, it does appear that we’ve truly entered a new age of publishing; yet, I feel we’re still in the birth-pangs stage, yet to see the struggles during adolescence and the slow rise to a new maturity.

      Somewhere along that path, another truth will become obvious–the reader is the one who has the most influence in what is read


  2. Karla Telega September 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve long considered my blog to be self-publishing. I’ve been blogging for 2 years now, and I believe it totally counts towards writing every day. If the content is of value to the readers, you’ll have a successful publishing record, regardless of the number of visits. Writers write because they want their work to be read. A blog is an amazing vehicle for putting your work out there.


    • Alexander M Zoltai September 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Yes, Karla, a blog is, still, an amazing vehicle for getting one’s work out, be it “mere” blog posts, excerpts from long works, or, in some cases, the Work itself.

      I’ve certainly noticed that you know, full well, how to drive a blog–sometimes faster than I do, sometimes with more abandon that I have–still, you’re a master of the craft :-)
      Do visit Karla’s blog, folks


  3. Selena September 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Are you self-published? – on my blog!

    Do you want to be? I believe I do, when the ms is ready

    Do you blog? Yes,

    Do you want to? Most of the time ;)

    Did you know that a blog is the Hub of promotion for many self-published authors? I didn’t know this, but have come to believe it.


  4. Selena September 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Wow. Well, the answers were short and sweet. Thanks for the award thought!


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