Is It Still “Self-Publishing” When Relying on Lulu and Amazon?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story by Angela K. Durden describes self-publishing in the terms of a cottage industry. She is particularly appreciative of the independence it gives her.

Self-publishing implies independence, but is that description still accurate when a self-publisher relies on large corporations like to produce their books and Ingram and Amazon to distribute them? Doesn’t “cottage industry” imply a more disciplined dedication to DIY?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.