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April 4, 2011
Can Do-It-Yourself Publishing Really Work?
In 2007 I posted an offhand query asking for peoples' opinions on Createspace
. This remains one of the most popular items on this blog - every so often someone will drop in to share their thoughts or experiences or complain about the world of self-publishing.
I confess that the state of the industry scared me off back then. Well, here we are nearly four years later and the question still remains relevant. The industry is fragmented and disorganized, and one person's experiences may or may not be a good guide to others in what to do, what to avoid, who to do business with, and how it may all turn out. I was reminded of this by Cory Doctorow's latest column for Publisher's Weekly.
In this piece he talks about his own checkered experiences - including run-ins with Createspace - getting his story published and listed in the complicated DIY publishing world we have in 2011. In my social group we have an acronym for this - WoWftVoE. Words of Wisdom from the Voice of Experience.
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