Excerpted from a NY Times Books article entitled “Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab”:
“Louise Burke, publisher of Pocket Books, said publishers now trawl for new material by looking at reader comments about self-published books sold online. Self-publishing, she said, is “no longer a dirty word.” ”
This bit comes near the end of the article, most of which is about the fact that while mainstream presses are struggling, biz is booming among self-pub providers. The negatively-slanted title is misleading, because the author of the article acknowledges it’s possible to publish on a shoestring when you go POD or e. I think either the author or the paper just went with the most provocative-sounding title possible.
Read the whole article here.