The publishing industry is undergoing change in how books are delivered. It is not unreasonable to presume that in a decade electronic devices such as the Apple tablet or the Kindle will be the premiere platforms delivering text to millions of readers. On the other end of the spectrum there is the democratization of the publishing process itself. Once reserved only to a chosen few, publishing has become available to anyone wishing to publish his or her book either through traditional means or as an ebook.
The purpose of this symposium is to assess the state of self-publishing and speculate on its future. Is it utopian to believe that self-publishing can become anything more than what the publishing mainstream sees it to be, essentially a slush pile? Can self-publishing become a realistic publishing option and produce recognized names?
Here are some questions to start the debate.
How does self-publishing differ from traditional publishing?
Do self-published book review blogs help to raise the reader awareness of self-published books?
How do you respond to the following statement?--Self-publishing is not a serious way to get one's work into print now and never will be.
Has the golden age of self-publishing already passed or is it yet to come?
What about the challenges posed to the self-published writer by having to promote and edit his or her own book?
Why is it that a self-published author has yet to emerge into national recognition as a self-published author? (As opposed to being given a mainstream publishing contract after a self-published book attracts attention.)
Has the experience of self-publishing changed the way you write? (If you have self-published.)