1. J.T. Woody

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    MicroPress vs Self Publishing

    Discussion in 'Self-Publishing' started by J.T. Woody, Feb 20, 2024.

    Just curious about the two. I'm already familiar with self-publishing but recently, i've been coming across self-published authors who create their own micro-presses and self-publish under their own imprint.

    How is this different from simply self publishing?

    Some micro-presses will publish 1 or 2 other authors with books and genres similar to their own, but the majority i've come across only publish their own books.
     
  2. Homer Potvin

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    That would be my guess as to its utility. Setting yourself up as a potential "publisher" down the road, assuming you have/develop some acumen at marketing and distribution and convince authors to join the team. You'd be shocked how often side-hustles turn into main-hustles.
     
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    Org Publishing, let's go. Or maybe, Homer Potvin Publishing Ltd. ?
     
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    HomePot Publishing has a certain ring to it.
     
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    Maybe it also appeals to the reader's preconceptions for an air of legitimacy. Published by a publisher vs published by a person.
     
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    Not bad. Not bad. Give me $200 each and I won't even charge you the initial submission fees. A special ground floor offer that won't last long, so get it while it's hot!
     
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    Sounds like Home Depot, but for weed. Hmm, Homer, you might want to jump on that. A publishing house and a dispensary. In case one business venture crumbles.
     
  8. J.T. Woody

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    for writers who write while high and readers who read with the weed.... for your ultimate literary escape
     
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    And I think you just found your advertising exec. :agreed:
     
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    That's what I do, under the imprint "Dragonwing Press." Two of my books are self-published and available from there, as well as from Amazon and Kindle. The difference is that I furnish the ISBN myself, instead of having one issued by Amazon. That allows me to take the book anywhere to be printed and sold, instead of being locked in to Amazon and its distribution system.
     
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    Nah. The Green Rush is over here in the Northeast. Weed companies are struggling with saturation. I think the issue they have is branding. Weed is Weed and everyone's shit is comparable. Nothing to really set one dispensary apart from another. And, you know, potheads aren't exactly known for their motivation, so if there's one dispensary five minutes away and another 20 minutes away... dude, where's my car?
     
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    But you could have a gimmick. Print books on hemp paper, and after people read them they can shred it and smoke it! And a website for testimonials, where people can say "This book really blew my mind! "
     
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    Every time I see this thread I think it says "Micropenis."
     
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    If you just publish your own then its is just self publishing - all they are doing is using an imprint name to pretend not to be self published... personally i prefer not to lie to my readers.

    If they actually publish other people then fair enough, but it has no appeal to me as a writer since they won't be in a position to pay advances and stuff so its just the downsides of both models

    of course theres also the issue that some micropresses are just vanities pretending and will charge you an arm and a leg to do things you could do yourself for free
     
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    This could be dangerous if those reading the slush pile are also sampling the other product lines.
     
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  16. J.T. Woody

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    I think Homer got into the non-literary product, if you know what I'm saying
     
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    This. Thanks, moose.

    Back in the pre-internet days, we were forced to consult books to find agents/publishers. One couldn't tell from a short blurb whether a publisher was legit or a writer pretending to be something other than a self-publisher or a unscrupulous bottom feeder looking to take advantage of the innocent and unwary. One's best bet was to go to the bookstore and see which company published what. Being able to do background research online has been a great boon.
     

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