Self-publishing: John Ashbery, Czeslaw Milosz… and you

November 3, 2014

Interesting arguments!

Call of the Siren

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A few more points, my friends, about why you might consider self-publishing … if/when you’re ready.

Here you’ll find some statements (in boldface) culled from arguments in a recent Call of the Siren post against self-publishing (“Self-publish, are you crazy?”).

Each is followed by a paragraph-length rebuttal that (I hope) provides some understanding … and maybe some inspiration, too.

  • Publishers have better promotional channels than you.

Ok, publishers do have promotional infrastructures, but they actually can’t (and won’t) promote every title they represent.  And even when you’re one of the lead titles in a publisher catalog, self-promotion still seems necessary.  You’ll always be the most passionate advocate for your own work.  It’s breathtaking how many mid-tier books appear in catalogs, arrive in galley form followed by the finished hardcover, and then disappear … without a sound.  Those writers, I think, made…

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