Category Archives: Self-publishing

On group blogging

Recently I started a writing group for doctoral researchers in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering. I’ve used our sessions to take my writing in a new direction, rather like going on vacation. My professional writing, editing, and publishing

On group blogging

Recently I started a writing group for doctoral researchers in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering. I’ve used our sessions to take my writing in a new direction, rather like going on vacation. My professional writing, editing, and publishing

A theory of book publishing: synopsis

Anthony Haynes writes: Over the last few weeks I have published a theory of book publishing in the form of a series of blog posts. The post below collates those previous posts. Prologue When I set up the ‘Towards a theory of

A theory of book publishing: synopsis

Anthony Haynes writes: Over the last few weeks I have published a theory of book publishing in the form of a series of blog posts. The post below collates those previous posts. Prologue When I set up the ‘Towards a theory of

A theory of book publishing, Act V: book publishing as a capitalist pursuit

The development of the printing press was a thoroughly capitalist affair. The plant required was expensive: financing it required a large lump sum. Because, in the early days, publishing and printing tended to be combined functions, it follows that publishing

A theory of book publishing, Act V: book publishing as a capitalist pursuit

The development of the printing press was a thoroughly capitalist affair. The plant required was expensive: financing it required a large lump sum. Because, in the early days, publishing and printing tended to be combined functions, it follows that publishing

A theory of book publishing, Act IV: the question of self-publishing

The advent of (a) digital printing, enabling short-run printing and even print on demand, and (b) ebooks has sharpened the question of what it is that publishers do and how they might add value. Disintermediation (here defined as the elimination of

A theory of book publishing, Act IV: the question of self-publishing

The advent of (a) digital printing, enabling short-run printing and even print on demand, and (b) ebooks has sharpened the question of what it is that publishers do and how they might add value. Disintermediation (here defined as the elimination of

A theory of publishing, Act III: Accounting for diversity

This series of posts is focused on diversity between publishing houses. Why is it that the same book proposal will achieve different outcomes, depending on which houses it is sent to? In the previous post I argued that each publishing

A theory of publishing, Act III: Accounting for diversity

This series of posts is focused on diversity between publishing houses. Why is it that the same book proposal will achieve different outcomes, depending on which houses it is sent to? In the previous post I argued that each publishing

A theory of book publishing, Act II: Publishing as a language

In The merchants of culture, John B. Thompson likens the workings of the book publishing industry to a ‘grammar’. Like Thompson, I here adopt a linguistic metaphor. But I think ‘grammar’ is too restrictive. For the purposes of lateral thinking, we

A theory of book publishing, Act II: Publishing as a language

In The merchants of culture, John B. Thompson likens the workings of the book publishing industry to a ‘grammar’. Like Thompson, I here adopt a linguistic metaphor. But I think ‘grammar’ is too restrictive. For the purposes of lateral thinking, we

A theory of book publishing, Act I: The basic situation

Commissioning content can happen in at least three ways. (I) An author might have an idea and propose it to a publisher. (II) The publisher might have the idea and propose it to an author. Or (III) the author and

A theory of book publishing, Act I: The basic situation

Commissioning content can happen in at least three ways. (I) An author might have an idea and propose it to a publisher. (II) The publisher might have the idea and propose it to an author. Or (III) the author and