Done With Book Publishing

Seth Godin say that he's not going to write books with traditional publishers anymore, but will instead write smaller pieces and presumably e-publish them.

Godin tells Media Bistro:

I've decided not to publish any more books in the traditional way. 12
for 12 and I'm done. I like the people, but I can't abide the long wait,
the filters, the big push at launch, the nudging to get people to go to
a store they don't usually visit to buy something they don't usually
buy, to get them to pay for an idea in a form that's hard to spread … I
really don't think the process is worth the effort that it now takes to
make it work. I can reach 10 or 50 times as many people electronically.
No, it's not 'better', but it's different. So while I'm not sure what
format my writing will take, I'm not planning on it being the 1907
version of hardcover publishing any longer.

Kindles, Nooks, iPads. Individuals can self-publish books and put them on Amazon. Sure, these books are unedited, but publishers have been skimping with the editing for a long time. Sure these books aren't promoted, but publishers have been doing a lousy job with publicity for ages. Authors have had to do their own publicity on the Internet or hire their own professionals to promote their books.

While self-publishing was a mark of desperation in the past, it might be the smartest path in the future.

And shorter might not be a bad thing. Honestly, there are a lot of books, especially in non-fiction, that could be cut in half without anybody sheading a tear.

3 thoughts on “Done With Book Publishing

  1. I always loved the episode of the old star-trek show where that guy and some of his brothers (or something- people who look just like him) had captured the first captain of the Enterprise and kept him as a sort of zoo animal, but later he went back to them after he was all disfigured so that they could use their mental powers to make him think he was okay.


  2. Interesting to read that a seasoned writer, someone who already has a publishing career and an established platform, feels the same way as many of us who have no chance in hell of getting a book deal.


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