Re: [mythsoc] Definition of "self publishing"
- At 11:03 PM 3/10/2004 -0500, Edward Carmien wrote:
>If you manufacture a book for sale, you're a publisher. (Doesn't matter whoNo; if you manufacture a book, you're a printer and/or binder.
>the author is.)
If you pay for the manufacture, and for the rest of the process from layout
to distribution, and control it whether it's done in your own office or
not, then you're a publisher.
>If you sell a book to a publisher who publishes the book, you're not aIf, however, you sell it to Xlibris or iUniverse, you're in a
definitionally amorphous zone where what's really happening, in terms of
finances and power, is that you're a publisher who's subcontracted out most
of the work. Legally, they're the publisher, but they don't work the same
way a real publisher does.
>If you pay a publisher to publish your book, you're not a publisher.Indeed you are not a publisher. In this case, you're a sucker. Again,
>However, you will be said to have "self-published" the book in question.
this situation is not to be confused with what Xlibris and iUniverse do.
>Ownership of rights is a contractual matter that does not enter into theYes. Publishing contracts are typically non-specific term agreements with
>definition of what makes a publisher a publisher.
indefinite extendability clauses. Reversion goes to the author; what the
publisher has are temporary rights which they can keep as long as they
agree to use them. In other words, if the publisher lets the book out of
print for a long enough period, the author gets the rights back.
- David Bratman