Publishers it seems are jumping on the self publishing bandwagon or at least some are dipping their toe in the water and seeing if they can make money out of those who wish to self publish. Faber have launched a self publishing academy.
Faber Academy director Jason Cooper says that it does not represent a conflict of interests for the publisher.
"There is a huge amount of interest in self-publishing at the moment, and we would want to make the most of that,' Faber say. They go on to add, 'and help them realise their ambition if that is their path . . . I think as a publisher, if we are worried about self-publishing, the solution is to publish people. I think we can see that there are people in different situations and with different ambitions who will go down different routes."
He added that the three day course was a "bit of an experiment", and it was dependent on the interest the course attracted as to whether it would run again.
The course, "Bring Your Book to Market", will run in February 2012. Author, journalist and social media champion Ben Johncock and writer, blogger and digital self-publishing exponent Catherine Ryan Howard will be the course tutors, with Faber publishing director Hannah Griffiths also giving a one-hour session entitled "Rules for Authors".