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The Publishing Industry in the 21st Century

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  1. Unknown User (sfh2)

    I'm really interested in your topic, and mine is a little more specific than yours so I've done a lot of similar research. I've talked to several people who work in the publishing industry and something that I've heard over and over again is that self-publishing is not a new phenomenon; it's been around forever. The most striking thing about this new technology is that it's much more accessible to people to actually put it into practice and it's much more affordable to do. The main perspective that I have heard on this topic is the idea that there was a similar scare in the '40s and '50s about mass- produced trade paperbacks in competition with hardcover books and neither of those have fallen off the face of the earth; e-books will simply become a new platform for authors and publishers to distribute their work.

  2. Unknown User (cjs3)

    Hi Matt,

    There seems to be a trend in who self publishes and who remains a stalwart defender of the corporate publisher.  It seems like the barrier of entry to self publish goes beyond age difference or past success of an author published with the help of a big company.  For instance, I'm always shocked at how well self-published fantasy/sci-fi eBooks do.  I doubt the genre has much to do with it other than the fact that fantasy writers are more likely to build a reputation online by putting there stuff out for free (initially).  Maybe you can talk about how the internet audience is primed differently than any other outside audiences.

  3. Unknown User (al10)

    I like where you're going with this. The rise of self publishing and eBooks definitely have massive historical as well as social affects on our time period. It completely changes the way in which we come about discovering new or different books and allows for the aspiring author to have a better shot at becoming recognized. Maybe you can briefly discuss the publishing process for the self publisher and the publishing company, just to add more insight. I think it would also be interesting if you found other author's opinions as well--possibly even compare an established and successful author's opinion like Piccoult to a newer, less established author. It might help to expand on how self publishing benefits (or hurts) both the industry and the author to support your thesis a bit more.

  4. Unknown User (agl3)

    In keeping with the spirits of others' comments, I'll agree that "I like where you're going with this." It might be interesting, though, to keep running with the concepts you're dabbling in around the end of the Storify for a bit longer. Maybe try focusing on the personal aspect of self-publishing -- specifically, your inquiry into the opinions of established authors. Bringing Picoult's and Gaughran's arguments into the piece gave it a bit of a novel direction, as well as narrowing your scope a bit. The individual authors on either side of the debate likely have a good bit to say on the topic, (even if it's just the fully-fleshed-out opinion that Sarah just relayed), and organization into a coherent "argument/counterargument" structure might work if you can findsufficient interviews/articles/etc.