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MickRooney
03-04-2008, 03:12 AM
Would like to get your feedback on the following blogsite I came across. Will hold my tongue for the moment, but something doesn't quite feel right about it.

http://selfpublishingnews.wordpress.com

veinglory
03-04-2008, 03:18 AM
I think there is a good chance that the commenters suggesting it is a Diggory front may be right, but I don't know any way to show that for sure. The tone and over-tagging give it that look.

MickRooney
03-04-2008, 03:25 AM
Now take a look at the bloggers reply to my comment on the "About me" page. Ever heard an author not want to self promote and more to the point, claim their customers, wholesalers etc don't know they are self-published??

http://selfpublishingnews.wordpress.com/about/

ResearchGuy
03-04-2008, 07:52 PM
. . .claim their customers, wholesalers etc don't know they are self-published?? . . .

Actually, a completely professionally self-published book is indistinguishable in the trade from any other small-press book. No one has any way to know that the author is also the publisher.

I know a good many self-publishers/independent publishers, ranging from rank amateurs (obviously self-published) to polished professionals (nationally and internationally distributed through normal trade channels as well as via the publisher's own website).

One who publishes specialized textbooks (he is an authority on the subject) is sometimes amused to take calls (placing orders) from people who have no idea that his is a one-person business.

There is not a clear line between "self-publishers" and small presses. There are infinite gradations, and it is not unusual for someone to start by publishing one book (might or might not be his or her own) and expand from there. The classic example is Ben Dominitz, who with his wife self-published a book. It was very successful. He added books, eventually developing the highly successful Prima Publishing, which was eventually acquired by a major publisher (Random House, if I recall right).

Badly self-published books are obviously self-published. Professionally self-published books are simply small press books -- the average observer has no clue about who the publisher is.

--Ken

MickRooney
04-18-2008, 03:05 AM
In light of the questions being asked about the true identity behind the author of the blogsite PODdy Mouth, and what real agenda may have lay behind the blogsite, it reminded me of the thread I started some weeks back at the start of March about this particular POD/Self publishing site.

http://selfpublishingnews.wordpress.com

I checked back there and noticed no posts published there by the blogger since the 5th of March. The last post was a long comparison of POD Publishers with not surprisingly Diggory Press it seems held up as the shining example by quality, price and service.

It does seem this site did have a short lifespan and the blogging author decided they had driven home their point!

hastingspress
04-19-2008, 07:55 PM
There was a big row about Diggory on booksand tales website:

http://www.booksandtales.com/podforum/viewtopic.php?p=5915&sid=c096ef17c787e5449d505d64a975735b