The Bonfire of the Straw Men

I missed this post when it came out on the 6th as we were on holiday, but it’s more solid argument from David refuting the ‘self-pub is dying/non-viable/killing writing’ noise that keeps popping up.

David Gaughran

In the third of a series of increasingly misguided essays for The Guardian – Why social media isn’t the magic bullet for self-epublished authors – Ewan Morrison builds a bonfire of self-publishing straw men.

Morrison is convinced that “epublishing is another tech bubble, and that it will burst within the next 18 months.” The reason given:

epublishing is inextricably tied to the structures of social media marketing and the myth that social media functions as a way of selling products. It doesn’t, and we’re just starting to get the true stats on that. When social media marketing collapses it will destroy the platform that the dream of a self-epublishing industry was based upon.

Where do I start? Perhaps I should first point out that Morrison has made this prediction before, in the second essay in this series: The self-epublishing bubble.

Given that it is now August, and the bubble essay…

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More on Self-Publishing versus Legacy Publishing

I’ve been reading a lot about the pros and cons of self-pub versus traditional (legacy) publishing in the last couple of days. I finished David Gaughran‘s excellent Let’s Get Digital, then ploughed through a couple of hundred articles, trying to find a balance.

And it’s looking like self-publishing might well be the winner for me, folks. But why?

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Let’s Get Digital? Quite Possibly…

I just downloaded Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran. This week David has made it available for free on both Amazon UK and US, so there’s no excuse not to pick it up. You can also get the PDF version for free on David’s marvellous site here (and in my blogroll on the right).

I’ve just finished reading the first part of the book, which deals with why authors should self-publish. David makes a very compelling case for doing so, and I’m surprised to say that I’ve quickly gone from planning to go the agent-legacy publisher route once my novel is ready to pitch, with self-publishing as a backup if that didn’t work out, to being (almost) completely decided that self-pub is the best primary option.

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