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  1. It’s true writers are marginalized — and some are too happy to let themselves be treated like crap for the sake of seeing their book on that Barnes & Noble shelf for a few months. I’m personally not sure where I stand in all of that, being on the verge of self-publishing and, with each passing day, wondering why I’d ever want to deal with normal publishers as they are now. I’m a part of an art site (deviantART) where many young and hopeful writers talk about when they’ll land an agent and then get published by a New York publisher. It sounds nice, but when you try to bring in the facts, they suddenly flip out on you. They love their image of publishing, and nothing you say can shift that. What’s worse is some of those authors have come back without rights to their first novels because they went with the wrong publisher — or worse, they paid money to a vanity press. It’s sad.

    And I didn’t know some of the classics self-published (or at least the equivalent) their own work. It makes sense though; some of them weren’t celebrated as classics until after their death. Long after.

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