Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DIY and die? Self-publishing vs mainstream publishers


I’m a chapter away from finishing my book. I would love to self-publish it; to control the tone, design, and content. But it takes a lot of time to get it distributed, and a lot of money to print it. And self-published non-fiction is looked down upon compared to say, self-published fiction.

So I’m approaching publishers, many of whom will have no interest in a book that talks of class experience, class struggle, and history from below. Stories of resistance and repression don’t really sell that well! Yet I want as wide an audience as possible, which is what a mainstream publisher can offer. I’m not holding my breath, but we’ll see.

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