Well, I am hoping that he is right about this. He seems to have his feet in both camps, which gives a balanced perspective. Traditional publishers do have to keep abreast of the times, but I do not see why they can not just invest in, and absorb unto themselves, the possibilities of eBooks and eAuthors. I do want both for myself. However, I also want the publisher to market and sell. And a bit of editorial assistance is also welcome. But it must be accepted, the old methods have gone the way of the Gutenberg printing press. [DE]
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John Green: why I'll never self-publish
In impassioned speech, author of Looking for Alaska says he'd be nowhere without 'tireless collaboration' of publishers
by Alison Flood
John Green: 'Authors need editors and we need publishers and we need booksellers'. Photograph: Ton Koene
A rallying cry from the author John Green in support of traditional publishing – in which the bestselling young-adult author calls on readers to "strike down the insidious lie that a book is the creation of an individual soul labouring in isolation … because it threatens the overall quality and breadth of American literature" – is reverberating its way around the internet.
Green is a social-media sensation, with more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter, a hugely popular Tumblr page and a YouTube account with more than a million subscribers, where the videos he makes with his brother Hank have been viewed more than 200m times. The New York Times bestselling author of novels including Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, about a teenager with cancer, Green is frequently described as an author who, thanks to his online followers, has the wherewithal to go it alone and self-publish.