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POINT OF VIEW: Standing at the Gates

Standing at the Gates

Traditional Publishing is infamous for its “gatekeepers.” They are the first line of defense against the ravening, unwashed hordes of authors trying to get their books published by Big Publishing. When I was growing up, you had two options – traditional publishing (the gold standard), and self-publishing, which usually meant a vanity press – a printing company you would pay to print your book and ship you a pallet’s worth of copies which you’d then try to sell to readers and bookstores, often out of the trunk of your car. This is where much of the stigma came from for … Read more