Another Sign That It's a New Day in the Publishing Biz
James Lileks on his decision to self-publish. An excerpt:
Last year I decided to write a series of mystery novels, price them cheap, and put them on the Kindle. Oh, I could go the traditional route, and wait six months for some underpaid reader in a Manhattan publishing house to get around to it, sniff at its deficiencies, lament its worldview, stamp PASS on the envelope – or pay a pittance, dump it in the market, and consider “mailing an uncorrected proof” to a newspaper reviewer to constitute “marketing and publicity.” I work at a paper, and I see the number of books that come in every day. We have a special room to hold the ones that will never be cracked.