On January 28, 2009, the New
York Times reported on the current state of affairs in self
publishing, and "Louise Burke,
publisher of Pocket Books, said publishers now trawl for new material by
looking at reader comments about self-published books sold online.
Self-publishing, she said, is 'no longer a dirty word.'"
This change in attitude has come about over a period
of many years. Since the advent of the
digital printing press
the whole world of publishing began to change.
But how much of that change is real and how
much is hype? Are people really writing books,
setting them up for print for a few hundred
dollars, printing them as the orders come in and
then selling them? Or are they going
into POD all starry-eyed, thinking that at last the playing
field has been leveled, only to find that
the game is rigged? Who are the different players?
What companies offer the best deals?
Who is the most likely to help you do what you really
want to do: tell your story to lots and
lots of people and maybe make some money doing it?
We're here to answer these and all the other questions you have about
POD and self publishing, starting with simple questions about
subsidy press vs. vanity press vs. POD vs.
self-publishing moving onto more difficult questions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of
POD companies, and then getting into the really hard questions
returns, big publishers, and bookstores.
POD has a lot going for it, and has made it possible
for writers with
little capital to take a chance on themselves that they'd never take if
But it also has a little-discussed
dark side that
needs airing so that if and when you do make the decision to do your book
through POD, you'll pick the method and the company that will work
best for you. The purpose of podpublishing.org is to explore POD thoroughly, both
the pros and the cons.
We intend to explode the
myths of POD and
to expose its underbelly. We're not holding back; no one and
nothing is sacred. If you like your daydreams and don't want to know
how the business works then bypass this page, but if you want to be
informed, to make sure you make the right choice in deciding on a
publisher, then stick around. We've got quite a story to