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E-Pubbing

Found this link regarding Epubbing and RWA's standards for who is "really" published via my Twitter flist. Very good article but it brings up some questions for me such as how does one know which epublishers are legit and which aren't? There are so many websites that will publish anything you give them w/o any of the editing or care traditional* publishers and editors give. Honestly some of THE most terrible books I've read have been in electronic format, leaving me with a bad taste for that media. I d understand RWA's stance in that regard, but there must be a way to tell the "legitimate"** epubbers from those that are glorified vanity pubbers. Is there a list online showing which are considered legit to the publishing industry and/or groups like RWA and SFWA?

* By "traditional" I'm referring not only to paper publishers but to any group that gives a manuscript proper edits and formating prior to release.

** And yes I know this is up to interpretation but please see my previous caveat/footnote to understand what I mean. I cannot consider any publisher whose editing staff only does a spellcheck before throwing a book out for sale to be any kind of industry professional.

ETA: Ugh, darned link-fail. Sorry 'bout that and thanks jongibbs for the heads up.

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jongibbs
Jun. 15th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Great article, but you need to fix your link http://espan-rwa.com/the-digital-age-and-rwa-a-call-for-change.

Thanks for sharing :)
akabins
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
A good friend of mine once shelled out thousands of dollars to iuniverse to "publish" his book, then tried to self-promote it, etc, etc.

He was told he was getting a professional edit, but when I read it, it was littered with mistakes, and was clearly not ready to be printed. Unfortunately, he lost out big on it, told everyone he was now published, and got nothing in return.

I think if you are paying for it, it doesn't add up to a good decision. My friend is now rewriting his novel and looking into a more conventional publishing method.
eclectic_writer
Jun. 16th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly my point! I know regular publishing doesn't ask you to invest (ie, vanity publishing) but what about a publisher that expresses interest in your book, signs a contract with you then sends out a horrendous copy with your name bright and shining on the cover? It could kill a career before it starts...
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