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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

March 04, 2007

Why DIY? (Do what Red Morning Press says.)

The longer we run RMP, the more convinced I am that writers should take a serious look at self-publishing. We receive so many manuscripts that deserve to be published, but we simply can't publish them all. It's a shame that those authors will have to keep searching for a publisher or hoping to win a contest. One of the messages we wanted to communicate on the post card is that if anyone wants to self-publish or start their own press, we're here to help. If you want tips or advice on navigating the process, we're more than willing to share what we've learned.

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  • that's awesome. i would say that, too-- i receive great manuscripts i can't publish (for financial/time reasons more than anything). if people have money and time they should def. self-publish. if they have no money and no time they should POD.

    By Blogger Jessica Smith, at 7:30 AM  

  • we are all in agreement then. ;)

    i am guilty of this POD/digital printing conflation too, but am about to (oh, my list, how long she lists) set out some pieces on the various digital technologies, the actual printing and binding apparatus, the papers, etc. what we are talking about, most of us, when we say "POD" is sometimes really "digital short-run printing."

    i think the distinctions between digital and offset printing should be clarified (here, elsewhere) in speaking of this stuff, and the GREAT variations between digital printers be illuminated. POD is not a single set of technologies which "look crappy"--which unfortunately is a lingering misconception--but A STRATEGY FOR PUBLISHING INDEPENDENT OF THE PRINTING PROCESS USED TO PRODUCE THE BOOKS. POD outfits do almost always use digital printing, but I think it's important to point the criticisms of quality at the machines/technologies themselves, not the POD strategy for publishing and delivery. because the naysayers should be shushed or at least properly schooled about what they are naysaying.

    you know the diff, i know. your comment just reminded me i would like to yak about it at some length, with diagrams and pictures.

    By Blogger shanna, at 3:23 PM  

  • Yes, I concur.

    SC - Which printers have you worked with and which would you recommend?

    By Blogger Pirooz M. Kalayeh, at 6:59 AM  

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