Should the DIY Movement Learn Traditional Publishing Techniques?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Wow…according to anecdata from the IBPA’s Publishing University, some 200 million Americans say they want to write a book. That’s a huge number and one that would certainly overwhelm traditional print distribution channels. Of course, it’s widely known that most will simply publish e-books — many (according to our feature story today) of dubious quality.

It would behoove many self-publishers to learn the basics of traditional book publishing — editing, copyediting, layout, design. Yet, for many, it’s all about sales and marketing: “Getting your name out there, moving copies, making money.”

Sadly, the fact is that even if you sell thousands of copies of a poorly produced book, you’re unlikely ever to make another sale to those same readers — thus undermining your long-term career potential as a writer.

Does the DIY movement have it’s priorities out whack? 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.