Veteran’s Day 2011 and the New Self-Publishing

It’s Veteran’s Day here in the U.S. and lots of things are closed. No mail service, no banks, that sort of thing.

I’m busy getting ready for Carla King’s Self-Publishing Bootcamp down at Stanford University tomorrow, where I’ll be helping new self-publishers understand how to use the array of new choices in publishing, to their advantage.

The last time I spoke at Carla’s event, I gave attendees an overview of the book design process and ways to avoid making the worst kinds of mistakes.

 

But there’s no way to give any kind of detailed instruction on book design or cover design to a roomful of people in 40 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A, is there?

Look at these diagrams that represent the process of self-publishing before print on demand and e-books:

Old Self-Publishing

And what it looks like today:

New Self-Publishing

It’s the implications of this change that I’ll be addressing at Stanford, and the way the playing field on which these changes is happening continues to shift underfoot.

It’s a good time to be open to new things and nimble in adapting to developments.

See you back here on Sunday for this month’s e-Book Cover Design Awards. Don’t miss it!

 

This is a reprint from Joel Friedlander‘s The Book Designer.

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