Kingston University - You're not so vain after all

October 7, 2010

Authors who pay to see their work in print can hold their heads up high: self-publishing has shed its shady past and is now a respectable business, an academic has claimed. Alison Baverstock, an author who leads Kingston University's MA in publishing, said the industry should be renamed "bespoke publishing" because it has moved so far from the image of "vanity" publishing. Ms Baverstock, who has published 16 books by traditional means, said self-publishing empowered authors previously reliant on agents and publishers. "I've got a memoir I've been sitting on for a while. It's a precious project and I feel very strongly about how I want it to look, which is why self-publishing is the best way to produce it," she said.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments