We Don’t Need No Stinking Publishers!

April 17th, 2012

This is a real conversation I had with someone recently:

Them: Why do we need publishers? We can publish without them!

Me: Who will license the book?

Them: Well, of course someone has to do that.

Me: And who will translate it?

Them: We have a translator.

Me: And don’t forget, you need a letterer and editor and layout person.

Them: Right, we can do that, too.

Me: And someone to manage the project so it makes deadlines and has quality control.

Them: Of course!

Me: And don’t forget someone to line up distribution, and you’ll need someone to do marketing.

Them: Right, yes.

Me: And, when you get all that together, you know what they call that?

Them: ….

Me: Congrats on recreating the concept of the publishing company from scratch. ^_^


To their credit, they got the point and were very gracious about it.

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great point, beautifully made :D

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t agree. Digital distribution doesn’t require a publisher. You only need the Internet and possibly a translator.

  3. And a creator who doesn’t mind not getting paid.

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