In the tradition of "Online writing does not exist..."

8 years ago | ubersoft (Member)

Howard Tayler does a great webcomic called "Schlock Mercenary" ( -- it's a space opera comic that was nominated for a Hugo last year. He recently posted something where he made a distinction between "Commercial" and "Traditional" publishing, noting that the term "Traditional Publishing" was invented by predatory vanity presses trying to recast their reputations at the expense of publishing houses.

I found the distinction interesting and that the fight between the two was sort of squeezing out legitimate self-publishers, and posted about it here:

Thought there might be some interest.

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  1. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    Funny, i thought the term was invented by the traditional publishers to give them more respect. You know, its traditional, don't buck tradition.

    I for one just call them the Publishing Houses. I like to think of publishing houses these days as giant edifices, a sort of combo between the Houses of Dune, and the giant corporate conglomerates of Shadowrun. You either are with a House, or you're a shadowrunner.


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