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    Hagiographically Advantaged AW Moderator HapiSofi's Avatar
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    Q. What does "indie" or "independently published" mean?

    A. It's a euphemism for "self-published." Don't count on anyone being fooled by it.

    Q. How about "privish" or "privishing"?

    A.Their use is an infallible sign that the speaker isn't a publishing professional. No one in the industry uses the terms, and few have even heard of them. The practice of "privishing" doesn't exist. The very concept is alien to trade publishing.

    I'm not kidding. The whole "privishing" thing is completely bogus. Some nanobrain asserted its existence during an interview, the interviewer didn't fact-check, and it promptly became an urban legend that gets swapped around by the clueless and unpublished. Never use it unless you want to look like you have no idea what you're talking about.

    If you're not familiar with the concept, look it up in Wikipedia. (Yes, they fell for it.) Summary critique: Publishing doesn't work like that.

    Q. When can you legitimately call a book a bestseller?

    A. When it's been on a bestseller list. By itself, the term has high potential bogosity. More meaningful epithets include WSJournal bestseller, USA Today bestseller, New York Times bestselling author, eleven weeks on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list, and so forth.

    If you're a writer or publisher, your most popular title may be your best seller, but it is not a bestseller, and should not be called one.

    If you're a writer, and you've had a book on (say) the New York Times bestseller list, you're entitled to be referred to as a "New York Times bestselling author" for the rest of your natural life, even if the book on which this epithet appears has zero resemblance to the bestselling title.
    Last edited by HapiSofi; 09-23-2013 at 04:43 AM.
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