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

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.

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.