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Chacounne
02-15-2005, 03:15 PM
I'm not going the self-publishing route, but Dan Poynter is coming to my city, so I want to hear what he has to say, on the theory that more knowledge is better than less. If you had the opportunity to ask him a question, what would it be?
Any other thoughts?

Chacounne

JennaGlatzer
02-15-2005, 04:46 PM
...for Absolute Write. We do pay a whopping 5 smackeroos for interviews, you know. How could you resist? :D

http://www.absolutewrite.com/site/submissions.htm

Really, I'd be interested in cold, hard stats if he knows them-- of all the people who self-publish, what percentage of them turn a profit? How many actually get national distribution? Etc.

Peter Bowerman, another self-publishing advocate, was really trying to talk me into that route a while back, and it tempted me. But right now, I just want to stick to doing what I know how to do (write and promote). If only my husband had decent writing skills, I'd make him handle the PR aspects, business plan, etc. and possibly start my own small press.

Maybe someday...

Chacounne
02-15-2005, 04:59 PM
Wow Jenna,

I am truly humbled that you suggested the idea. I will see what I can do to get an appointment with him. Would you like a formal query? You do realize I will frame the check don't you ;) ?

With gratitude,
Chacounne

JennaGlatzer
02-15-2005, 05:16 PM
Just remember to tell Amy you want to be paid by check instead of PayPal, then. It's so messy trying to frame a computer. :D

I've been meaning to interview Dan for the site for a long time, but never got to it. Yeah, see if you can arrange an interview with him. No formal query needed-- if you can do it, I'm accepting it. When you're done, just send it to Amy (her addy is in the guidelines) and tell her I gave you the assignment. (I'll tell her, too, but it's good to have a reminder.)

Chacounne
02-15-2005, 07:31 PM
Hi Again Jenna,

After a little research, it appears that Dan Poynter won't be coming until August. I hope that's not too late; if it is just let me know and I'll be happy to step aside for someone who will have the opportunity sooner.

Sorry about that,
Chacounne

JennaGlatzer
02-15-2005, 08:32 PM
Kidding. :D Just sent you a PM.

tcnixon
06-26-2005, 01:33 AM
...for Absolute Write. We do pay a whopping 5 smackeroos for interviews, you know. How could you resist? :D

http://www.absolutewrite.com/site/submissions.htm

Really, I'd be interested in cold, hard stats if he knows them-- of all the people who self-publish, what percentage of them turn a profit? How many actually get national distribution? Etc.

Peter Bowerman, another self-publishing advocate, was really trying to talk me into that route a while back, and it tempted me. But right now, I just want to stick to doing what I know how to do (write and promote). If only my husband had decent writing skills, I'd make him handle the PR aspects, business plan, etc. and possibly start my own small press.

Maybe someday...


It would be interesting to hear what Dan has to say about profits and distribution. Since I began the SmallPress Blog, (http://www.smallpress.typepad.com) I have had the opportunity to interview and meet many people who are making a living at small publishing. I think that there are many more that are not, but I have no evidence to support that assertion.

I think the most common reason for not making money would be that they've either produced the book in such a way that you can't make enough of a profit (through using subsidy publishers) or by not treating it like a business.



Tom Nixon

Jaws
06-29-2005, 08:08 PM
OTOH, Dan is scheduled to be on an NPR show tomorrow (Thursday, 30 June) at 11am EDT, talking about self-publishing.

As am I, although my understanding after talking to the producer is that neither Dan nor I will be on for the whole hour.