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The Conversation Is Still Fizzling . . .

Why Traditional Publishing Is Not for Serious Writers I have to consult myself, instead of the comments in the last Conversation post because there were no comments…

I’m going to say the reason for no comments is that folks are way too busy dealing with a world falling apart…

Or, they’re making so many efforts to work on reinforcing some part of the world…

It’s somewhat like seeing all the things wrong with Traditional publishing but, for some reason, not being able to Self-publish…

In case you’re new here and don’t know the difference between those two types of publishing, here’s a link to my past posts about Traditional Publishing and one for the posts about Self-publishing… However, if you go to those links, this post will be the first one, since I’m tagging it with those terms; but, all the other posts will be right there under it…

And, if you’re the type of person not inclined toward taking links in blog posts, here’s my simplified definitions of the two types of publishing:

Traditional Publishing = dealing with mega-corporations that have their focus almost completely on their bottom line…

Self-publishing = dealing with yourself and a possible very small set of other folks to produce a book…

You may have noticed that the phrase “produce a book” was only used in the self-publishing definition—strange fact, traditional publishers can actually accept a book for publication and never actually publish it… bottom line thing…

I’ll now share a few excerpts from a post I did back in November of 2017 called, Why Traditional Publishing Is Not for Serious Writers . . . (all excerpts attributable to Erica Verrillo)

“We think editors at publishing houses edit. The truth is they spend most of their time responding to memos, developing profit-and-loss statements, figuring out advances, supplementing publicity efforts, fielding calls from agents, attending meetings, and so on. They edit on weekends and evenings, and on the train as they are commuting.”

“Privishing (where the publisher quietly suppresses books, whether intentionally or not) has become the norm for publishers for various reasons, the first of which is that there are limitations on budgets. The second is that editors compete for those budgets.”

“The negative attitude that editors develop about manuscripts and proposals is in part because budgets are limited, and is in part driven by competition. But mindless rejection is also an inherent feature of publishing….Editors are not only competing for budgets, they are engaged in what may be described as a pissing contest in snark.”

“…publishers identify writers as ‘outsiders’, as ‘them’, even though their income depends on the people they publish. This, I believe, is a significant component of the attitude that is shared almost universally among publishers…”

And, an excerpt from a post back in April, 2011:

…I think both methods of publishing have their pros and cons.


Some Traditional Pros:

National or International marketing help.

Recognition by peers.

Acceptance in the marketplace.

Some Traditional Cons:

Huge effort to have book accepted.

Pressure from editors on book’s content.

No guarantees of ultimate success.


Some Self-Publishing Pros:

No restrictions on content.

No editorial pressure.

No struggle to have book accepted for publishing.

Some Self-Publishing Cons:

Responsibility for every bit of promotion and marketing.

Less acceptance by peers (though this seems to be swiftly changing).

No guarantees of ultimate success.


It could seem like a lesser of two evils choice, but those were only Some of the differences.

For completeness sake, here’s a link to an article on Hybrid Publishing.


I still have hopes for our Monday/Wednesday Conversation posts…

And, I’ll still hold up my end of the proposal, till some of you find your best reasons to add a comment………
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