I'm a little bit hazy on the rules regarding posting links to other websites so I'll forego linking the sites unless a moderator expresses permission. But I'm sure most know what I'm talking about. Allow me to preface this by saying that the following will most likely point out blaring holes in my understanding of tradition publishing. Feel free to correct these, but please try focus on the topic at hand which is; community funded publishing. To my understanding, modern authors have been slaves to large publication houses and their specific guidelines pertaining to what they know will sell. They are a business, and one must respect that. I wouldn't publish a book I thought was crap either. The only alternative being self publishing, a costly and extremely risky venture for a would-be author. Not to mention the stigma associated with it. Community funded publishing, or crowd sourced, seems to sit somewhere in the middle. Focussing on the author's own abilities, not so much as a craft-writer but as the creator of an interesting read. This form of publishing is, to me, both a blessing and curse. Because on one hand, wonderful writers whose plots and characters don't quite fit the mainstream mould are getting published. But on the other, it leaves an opening for a natural born salesmen but a sub-standard writer to get the same, if not more, cash for a weaker piece of literature. It is a trend that is rapidly building steam. Not only in literature, but graphic novels, video games, cinema, industrial design, theatre, music... Well just about anything. Groups and individuals seem to be completely by-passing the step of searching out venture capitalists and publishing houses, and taking their pitch straight to the masses. Sometimes with great success. People are saying it is breaking down the walls, shaking up publishers and producers, shifting the focus from specified parameters of what the big dogs think will work, to, what the people want. I've read blog posts and articles both for and against the trend and a couple of scathing articles by published (although mid-list) authors (only one name I can remember, but will not mention), damning the concept entirely. Their claim essentially that if you are not good to be picked up, you shouldn't be published. Which, to me, shows too much respect for big name publishing houses, whose readers have set guide lines to abide regarding what will and won't be accepted. So I'm hoping to get a discussion going as to how people feel about this “shift” in publishing. What do you believe are the pros and cons of community funded publishing? Would you try it yourself? Do you know someone who has? Would you try it only after being rejected by the major publishing houses? Bit long, sorry. EDIT: For clarity.