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March 21, 2011



I loved reading how you started and where the industry has gone. Great post!


What's your take on this Ms. Rose? Are you ready to sign back onto the self-publishing train or will you stick it out with the legacy publishers? It is nice to see such a balanced article that explores a lot of different views.

J M Cornwell
Among Women

M.J. Rose

My take is in the second paragraph - I still do want to be with a publisher. There are too many things a publisher and I can do together- some I can't do alone - others I don't want to do alone. And like Mike Shatzin, I'm not sure all books are going to do equally well in all formats.

Here's that article:


Hi, M.J.

You've told me a bit about your start in publishing and I enjoyed reading your more detailed story.

The self- versus traditional-published debate is interesting to follow--not only from the perspective of seasoned authors like yourself and Barry, but also from the perspective of a debut author like me.

It will be interesting to see how the industry evolves.

Thanks for a great post, M.J.!

Joe Wallace

Really appreciate hearing your POV on this, M.J. I'm in the process of stepping into that world, and pieces like this one help keep the way clear. Thanks.


Great post, M.J.


Thanks M.J. it's interesting to see another perspective on this.

Do you think that self-publishing is a good place for a newbie to start, with the option to do as you did and go on and try to get a traditional publishing arrangement afterwards? Or could that put off publishers and agents from considering a person's work, in your opinion?

Ernessa From

M.J. - this was a great blog, so much food for thought. I, too, am mightily tempted by the self-pub world. I've always been an electronic pioneer, and quite frankly, it feels a little strange not to be on the wagon. As an author who falls between genres, this seems especially alluring. There's only one thing: I barely have time to do the bit of promotion that I'm currently doing. I really don't see myself doing all the other stuff that self-publishing entails as well. I respect and admire those who have made a go of it. However, when I look at my lifestyle, at least for now, I'd have to say not for me.


First blog I come across that I feel serves a purpose. I think as writers we should find a way for good literature, i.e. writing with a mission, to not drown in the flood of entertainment literature we produce(America had its last Nobel prize 20 years ago)
Happy to have found you. Sonia Meyer

Alex Wilson

Here's a dirty little secret: even with a traditional publishing house, you still have to shoulder a major portion of the promotional burden. You think you hand your work to a publisher and walk away? Not in today's world. The economics of pbook publishing has dramatically changed the landscape. No big advances (except for published royalty) and no deep promotional departments making you famous and rich while you rest or contemplate your next inspiration.

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