RE: Self publishing

Subject: RE: Self publishing
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 16:11:09 -0500

Actually, I was under the impression the "subsidy publishing" meant the
same thing and was free of the connotation associated with "vanity
publishing." Or does "subsidy publishing" actually mean something

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 4:05 PM
To: Downing, David
Subject: Re: Self publishing

Downing, David wrote:

> I think the disagreement over whether a POD outfit is actually a
> "vanity" publisher has to do with a nasty connotation of the term
> "vanity publishing." Your definition is correct, but for a lot of
> people, the term implies that the reason the author must pay to have
> the book published is because the book is awful -- awful enough that
> only a very vain person would want to see it I print, and this fool
> themselves into thinking it was worth publishing


You're not the first person in this thread to ascribe that connotation
to "vanity publisher." And, in truth, that's undoubtedly the origin of
the term. But it's also the common term applied to that type of
business; it's just the value-neutral term that distinguishes it from a
"trade publisher" (which a sensitive literary type might think connotes
crass commercialism rather than dedication to art, I suppose).

If we want to come up with a different term than that used within the
industry for the last century or more, then we're going to find
ourselves in the same quandary as people trying to replace "male" and
"female" {plugs | pipe fittings | whatever} or "master" and "slave"
{drives | computers | whatever}. We'll come to some artificial
consensus, but we won't be able to dictate it to other users of the
language. We'll end up with ambiguity, miscommunication, and unnecessary

divisiveness. Better to just accept the terms as they are and see them
as value-neutral in their modern use.



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