“Penguin moves into self publishing” at The Guardian

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Writing
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<Begin rant> So, a few of my own thoughts from the article.  First, screw a major publisher that is now trying to profit from INDIE published authors.  I may be alone in this sentiment, but one of the great parts of being indie is that it feels like a movement, like a frontier.  It feels like major corporations are having to adjust because of what we are doing on a daily basis.  The last thing to do, in that case, is to assimilate with them.   If they want to pick up indie authors to publish them through traditional means, by all means.  Second, take a look at the comments to see how much of a farce the service is.  That 70% royalty to authors?  Only if you sell through “Book Country.”  WTF is that anyway?  </end rant>

Sorry, but other services such as Createspace and Lulu have been there for indies since before the beginning.  My experience with Createspace/Amazon has been nearly flawless, they have my loyalty.

Okay, on to the article.  What do you all think?


  1. andyholloman says:

    good post dude, amazing what is happening in the book world

  2. I’m with you on that! The big publishers are finally getting their due after years of arrogant indifference and exclusivity; thinking that they hold the keys to the castle, and for many, many years, they have. Well, I guess they have come to realize that this is no longer the case. No educated author would ever fall for their hollow, phony offer to so-called self-publish through them…a ridiculous concept that screams oxymoron!

    Indie publishing is most definitely a movement. The big houses might try to emulate the ‘Indie’ model, but they will never be able to successfully compete. They lack the requisite attributes of vision, innovation, and the nimbleness to make the right moves at the right time.

    Stick a fork in them…they’re done!

    Thanks for sharing…rant on!


  3. I am not really sure what Penguin are offering here.

    What is the difference between this & vanity publishing? And why would you pay so much when there is no benefit apart from appearing to look like Penguin published you, when they haven’t.

    I presume they are not going to market you or sell you in any way, so what would be the point? For the author that is. It’s a win win for the publisher here.

    Is the dangling of the carrot of a trad pub deal the hook?

    • Derek Blass says:

      Agreed, Lesley. You don’t even get the “Penguin” name with your book. I don’t think it will look like Penguin published you, at all. Otherwise, their traditionally published authors would probably be up in arm. It is very common to see late comers to all sorts of advancements. Think of every company that has followed Apple into the ipod, then iphone, then ipad arenas (most of them unsuccessfully). The late comers often mimic an original player (in this case, see that pricing schedule from Penguin which matches pretty closely what Amazon/Createspace offer), and offer little to nothing that is innovative. In short, Penguin is likely feeling the pressure of the movement to ebooks (which it amusingly says it is a leader in) and is trying to grab a share of this segment of the market. To a large degree, that boat has sailed. Sorry for all the parens, by the way. LOL!

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