With all the conversations in our classes about how important publishers still may or may not be (Clay Shirky vs. Tim O’Reilly “Are Publishers Necessary”), I found this article interesting. It is a local workshop teaching authors how to self-publish with the help of Amazon. Here is a link: http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/self-publishing-is-the-focus-of-score-seminar-1.1406894.
I find it interesting because, being in the business, I recognize and value all the elements that publishers bring to the entire publishing process. Some have the perception that publishers simply put words on paper (or virtual paper), when there is so much more involved such as editing, production, layout, marketing, and more. I understand why seminars such as this one exist (and the desire from authors to easily be published), but I also think seminars like this minimize the role and importance of publishers in producing top-shelf publications.