Tuesday, October 6, 2009

the publishing self

If you're thinking of wading into the wild and wacky waters of self-publication, check out this wikipedia.org article for inspiration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-publishing#Self-published_best-sellers.

Although the article is flagged for missing some "verification" of sources, it appears as if many of your favorite canonical writers were once in the same position you were in (except they weren't reading this on a netbook while tweeting their novel in 140 character spurts). Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and e.e. cummings are some of the authors listed; perhaps fearing that the wiki readership could find the news so inspiring that they bumrush the lulu.com website, the article's writer notes that it is "extremely rare" that self-published books find a "large audience."

Yeah, we know this, but remember that most books published by major and minor houses fail to find a readership too. Is anyone not named Sarah Palin going to profit from book sales this winter???

Hey, if that fact stops you from writing, then you're not a writer. And let's not wade into David Letterman territory by asserting that Sarah Palin is not a writer either.

Before his on-air apology, when was the last time Dave wrote his own material?

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