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Two hundred million Americans want to publish a book, but can they?
About 200 million Americans say they want to publish a book, but the failure to participate in IBPA's Publishers University at BEA indicates a scandal. It is often said that book shows are no place for authors. However, what about a meeting specially organised to help authors publish?
In the words of Joseph Epstein, the novelist, "81 per cent of Americans think they have a book in them - and should do so. Without those who want to and never do, and those who do but never publish, we still see tens of thousands of people starving for the spotlight of literature. Given the latest publisher trend - the fact that self-published books have been overshadowed by a tradition of almost 2:1 - one would have expected the Independent Book Publishers Association's twenty-seventh year anniversary publication university, a simultaneous meeting with BookExpo America at New York's Javits Center this weeks, with authors and editors in search of much-needed literacy schooling.
The 2011 event was attended by some 250 people, "mainly editors and some serious authors," Nathan commented. Then what I wanted to ask was: "Which of my critics don't take their publication seriously? Seated in self-released authors' guides ("Hands-on Guide to Market Fiction", "Editorial Basics", "Book Design that Gets Buzz" and more), I was horrified to see panellists ask the public to identity, and one or two timid palms stood up above the crowds.
It' not an effortless job to find out why humans do certain things, visit certain meetings and not others - this is how marketing scientists live well - but it still bothers me. The Publishing University this year was packed with precious information about working in the field, making a top of the line book and typing like a novelist that any self-published novelist would understand:
"There' re so many of us people who are willing to publish themselves or publish with little or no more thought than we would give for a dinner in a chic restaurant," says Cynthia Frank, freelance news adviser and editor at Cypress House, a small freelance news and book publication consultancy on the northern California state.
"Self-released titles are almost consistently poorly published," says Deb Werksman, a senior journalist and head of editing at Sourcebooks, the biggest independently managed women's publisher in the state. "When a book looks self-published, people won't buy it," says Tom Dever of TLC Graphics and Narrow Gate in Austin, Texas, a book designer, producer and distributor.
Self-released works seem sensible to think they are self-published and, despite some reputational progress, mainly due to the movements appeal, still bear the slogan they use, especially because the writers of these works do not take their aspirations seriously. The question is, "Why do so many think they can publish a book because so many third-rate titles are released today that make book authoring pretty easy," and thanks to self-publication, anyone can do it.
DIY enthusiasts need training in the job they have taken on - they need a publisher's university - but they don't know, and they won't know until they do. When book publication really becomes self-publication, as so many experts are predicting, the book as a media can look to a more bleak futures than any self-respecting bibliophhile would like to acknowledge.
"It' s not so simple to make a good book," Werksman reminds her author-goers. DISCUSSION: Should the DIY movement learn traditional publishing techniques? People from all over the world contribute one-of-a-kind first-hand experiences to their work.