Notes from An Alien

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Self-Publishing Revolutionaries


Self-publishing isn’t a new thing—it’s been going on for hundreds of years.

Self-Publishing Revolutionaries

Image courtesy of Nick Winchester ~ http://www.freeimages.com/profile/nickwinch

What’s relatively new is Digital Self-publishing.

But, while the masses are now able to self-publish, mass-media is creating a fractured hall of mirrors when it comes to the true Potential of self-publishing.

The digital revolution is not often proclaimed as the domain of deeply revolutionary writers because the landscape is congested with “genre-writers” who just happen to be using a new technology.

Oh, there are true revolutionaries out there but the apparently wide channels for self-promotion are clogged by those same genre-folk.

Yet, there are those who have self-published but still look back at the legacy publishers as the true revolutionaries.

An article in The GuardianSelf-publishing is not revolutionary – it’s reactionary, has many distorted perceptions, of both kinds of publishing.

I thought I was going to do a point by point rebuttal of this article; but, when I googled to find out more about the author, I discovered a piece on Google Plus by Lisa Cohen that did a fine job of clearing the smoke that’s covering the mirrors

I also asked my Best Friend (an accomplished author) to read it and her response really gets to the heart of the matter:

“He appears to be slamming self publishers as too inward focussed and saying that their narrow focus will damage the culture…”

“Has he not grasped that traditional publishers are simply big businesses with no radical agenda now – who have no interest at all in ‘culture’. When the world was a slower place perhaps they did, but now I doubt it…”

“A great many writers who were ‘radical’ only got published in the past because they self-published…

“I don’t think the writer of this article knows a lot about the true state of modern publishing…”

The article in The Guardian shows me that some folks can only interpret a new opportunity from the perspective of their old habits, as the man in this video clearly demonstrates :-)


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