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In Memoriam ~ Dan Poynter ~ Thanks for Helping This Writer . . .

No re-blog today………

Many folks who’ve self-published had never heard of Dan Poynter until he’d already passed from this earthly realm

I’m one of those folks—only knew of Dan’s death and his legacy because of an article in my email today from the Smashwords blog by Founder Mark Coker: Dan Poynter, The Father of Self Publishing, Passes Away

Mark’s article is worth reading in full; but, here are a few excerpts:

“Dan led the indie author movement long before the movement had a label, and long before many of its current beneficiaries were even born.”

“Dan was a mentor to me, long before he even knew me.  I first read his Self Publishing Manual about 12 years ago, before Smashwords was even a glimmer in my eye.”

“He provided writers the tools to think, act and publish like professional publishers.  If you’ve followed Smashwords at all over the last eight years, you’ll see the DNA of Dan pervades much of what we do at Smashwords.”

“Dan changed the world.  All of us — Smashwords and every indie author — are operating in a world that Dan first envisioned and, more than anyone, helped to encourage in his multiple decades of self publishing advocacy and education.”

“Above all, Dan was an incredibly nice guy.  He made himself available to every writer any time, whether at a writers conference or on email or when they called him at home.  He wanted to help writers achieve their dream.”

And, finally (with Underlining by me):

“In many ways, the rise of ebooks helped Dan realize his vision too.  Ebooks enabled every major retailer to stock self published books, so it was this democratized distribution that finally helped the world realize, appreciate and enjoy the extraordinary talent locked between the minds and fingertips of ordinary writers around the the world.  Dan believed in the potential of every writer when the rest of the industry thought most writers weren’t good enough.”

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5 responses to “In Memoriam ~ Dan Poynter ~ Thanks for Helping This Writer . . .

  1. Chaz DeSimone November 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    This saddens me greatly, as I had the amazing opportunity to spend four weeks (one day per week) in Dan’s class about 20 or 30 years ago, when he taught in Los Angeles at the Learning Annex. Mark Coker is right on about Dan’s likability and generous nature. He always reminded me, in his looks and mannerisms, of Johnny Carson. I’m sure you can see the resemblance in the photo.

    What a pioneer Dan was, with such a remarkable story about how he landed (no pun intended) in the world of self-publishing. (You do know why his company is called Parapublishing, don’t you?)

    Not only has the world of self-publishing lost a great person, but anyone who knew him has lost a friend.


  2. dgkaye November 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    What a lovely tribute to Dan. I’d read articles from Dan in the last few years. Certainly a pillar in the Indie community, Dan has gone to that big writing place in the sky and will long be remembered. :)


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