Roger L. Simon

To Publish or to SELF-Publish?

I’m sure even most established authors would be intrigued by Sarah Glazer’s essay “How to Be Your Own Publisher” in this morning’s New York Times Book Review. Is this the publishing of the future? Could be. The stigma of the old vanity presses seems to be (slowly) dissolving. Those of us with big egos (who? moi?), used to seeing ourselves reviewed in the NYTBR and elsewhere, may be reluctant to give up the labels of Simon & Schuster et al, but the economics for all but the biggest commercial literary stars may already be at a tipping point. Within a few years, it could be a free-for-all.