Teens and Tweens Now Playing Self-Publishing Game

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From the New York Times (Young Writers Dazzle Publisher (Mom and Dad)):

But his two “Velvet Black” books, depicting the antics of a fictional rock band, were not plucked from a pile of manuscripts by an eagle-eyed publisher. They were self-published, at a cost to Ben’s parents of $400 — money they have more than made up by selling 700 copies.

Over the past five years, print-on-demand technology and a growing number of self-publishing companies whose books can be sold online have inspired writers of all ages to bypass the traditional gatekeeping system for determining who could call himself a “published author.”

Read more at the New York Times. (Hat tip to Publishers Lunch)

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