Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunny here.
The blog has become book promotion. However, I spotted this tidbit and thought I'd share.

Seems Penguin has decided to start doing self-publishing. This used to be called "Vanity Press" and a lable that small, or indie presses, have fought against for years. If you want to have the name of a quality outfit like Penguin on your book cover, it will only cost you between $99 and $594.

Is this what it's come to? Really? I mean, when it's possible to download your books to Kindle for no cost, how is Penguin able to justify this ploy?

The more I read, the prouder I feel about what we're accomplishing over at Oak Tree.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/16/penguin-self-publishing

11 comments:

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

This was a good post, Sunny. I thin our OTP Blog should be whatever it can be: inform readers (promotion), inform authors, any good news, etc.

Marilly

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Of course I meant think not thin. And didn't even spell my name right, I am Marilyn. It's 7:14 a.m. here and I haven't had my Chai latte yet. Better do that before I screw anything else up!

WS Gager said...

Good Post Sunny. I remember Harlequin doing a similar thing about five years ago and they were quickly blasted. You get what you pay for...maybe!
Wendy
W.S. Gager on Writing

williamdoonan said...

Penguin is following in the footsteps of Nero - fiddling while Rome burned. The entire traditional publishing industry is collapsing under their noses, and instead of meaningful reform, all Penguin can come up with is shameless graft. At least Nero provided background music.

One year ago, Sunny read my query letter for American Caliphate and wrote "this sounds like a best seller. Have you pitched to the Big Guys?"

I told her that I hadn't and had no interest in doing so. I kenw then where this industry was headed, and I stand by my call. We're nearing lights out for the big guys, and I want to be on the winning team.

William Doonan
www.williamdoonan.com

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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Where are these last two posts coming from? Someone learning English? Learning how to write? I'm seeing them everywhere.

Patricia Gligor said...

Sunny,
I've read several articles online about Penguin's new self-publishing and nothing I've read has been good. I don't blame you for being proud of what Oak Tree Press has accomplished. I've read several novels published by OTP and they're first rate!

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