11707Re: [mythsoc] self publishing
- Mar 10 7:07 PMLizzie, there's been a lot of discussion of various different things under
the same header in this discussion, and it's potentially confusing.
If you pay a printing company to do the printing, but you do everything
else yourself - editing, layout, distribution and promotion - that's
If you pay a company to do the rest of that stuff - the editing, layout,
distribution, promotion, etc. - that's called "a rip-off." Don't fall for
it, because all they'll do is over-change you and then hawk the overpriced
book to your friends.
Xlibris is actually a glorified printer that puts its own imprint on the
book, so if you work with them you're really self-publishing. But a lot of
companies that sound superficially like it (notably an infamous firm called
PublishAmerica) are actually rip-offs.
Full details on self-publishing vs. scams came up in a weblog discussion
hosted by the indefatigible Tor Books editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden, at
- David Bratman
At 09:13 PM 3/10/2004 -0500, Elizabeth Apgar Triano wrote:
>Thank you, everyone. I thought self publishing was any time that one paid
>a company to print one's books, whether the old way or the print-on-demand
>way. All the extra services are so much gravy, although definitely welcome
>gravy. Anyway, it definitely sounds like I have some serious research to
>do on the subject. I appreciate all the websites and other information.
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