Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More on what is NOT self-publishing

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For nearly a year I've been writing and ranting about the misuse of the term "self-publishing" by vanity presses such as Lulu, Outskirts Press, Xlibris and their customer/victims.

I've said that the term "self-publishing company" makes no sense because no company or person can self-publish for you -- just as no one else can eat lunch for you, take medicine for you, go to school for you, have surgery for you or commit suicide for you.

That last example got me thinking. I decided to try to come up with a list of phrases that begin with "self" to see if any of them could be done for you by another person or business.

  • No one can self-immolate for you.
  • No one can self-destruct for you.
  • No one can self-medicate for you.
  • No one can self-educate for you.
  • No one can self-heal for you.
  • No one can self-help for you.
  • No one can self-direct for you.
  • No one can self-appoint for you.
  • No one can self-start for you.
  • No one can self-deprecate for you.
  • No one can self-aggrandize for you.
  • No one can self-efface for you.
  • No one can self-enhance for you.
  • No on can self-express for you.
  • No one can self-insure for you.
  • No one can self-publish for you. The words just don't make sense!

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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting, and well-thought-out argument. Maybe there should be an association or seal-of-approval for genuine self-publishers. I got screwed by AuthorHouse last year, but my next book will be published by ME.

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