1. Meredith Wild, a self-publisher becomes a publisher:

2. David Mamet on self-publishing:


3. Penguin buys self-publishing company:


4. Amanda Hocking (“the darling of the self-publishing world” “the star of self-publishing” )

5. Where the Heart Roams (“The Love Train,” and the romance novel industry in the 80s)

http://www.pbs.org/pov/wheretheheartroams/ http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/19/movies/film-where-the-heart-roams-about-romance-novelists.html

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‘Barbara Cartland, the queen mother of the romance industry, comes on several times in
a film-stealing cameo. Mrs. Cartland (”I give women beauty and love”) is an
eye-blinding presence. Now in her mid-80’s, she’s always dressed in kewpie-doll
splendor (pale blue tulle, feathers of a color no bird ever grew and more jewelry thanis absolutely necessary except for one’s own coronation). She has written 362 romance novels that have sold more than 350 million copies. When she speaks, romance readers and writers pay heed, though, apparently, they are now going their own way. “I am the best-selling author in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records,” Mrs. Cartland announces right off, holding an armful of roses and staring at the camera through
lashes dewy with makeup. She’s appalled by the current trend toward more explicit
sex in romance novels. ”It’s soft porn, which is really a mistake,” she says.
How does a woman hold her man? It’s perfectly simple, according to Mrs. Cartland.
”You have to make his prison, which is his home, more attractive.”

trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGTLejne0pQ


And on an entirely different (i.e., noncommercial) direction:

In the 1970s women writers influenced by the women’s movement (and their practice of
‘consciousness-raising circles’) organized writing workshops for women—organizing
“the women’s community,” including founding The Women’s Building in Los Angeles.This
building hosted literary reading series and writing workshops, mostly for women but
not exclusively, and installed and operated printing presses in the rear, publishing
letter press quality chapbooks, posters and broadsides and providing instruction for
women in printing and operating presses. As a young single mother, my friend Gloria
Alvarez organized and hosted probably the first bilingual Spanish/English women’s
writing workshop in the city at the Women’s Building.

One of the founders of The Women’s Building was writer Deena Metzger, who runs writing
workshops for women: http://deenametzger.net/

and Deena Metzger discusses the Women’s Building in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ZvbZNnMMI

Terry Wolverton, a former director of the Women’s Building, discusses her experience
with it in her book about it: http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100562870&fa=reviews

“The Woman’s Building became a North Star on a dream map for women who were looking to redefine their lives and work. And its history—rich, splintered, groundbreaking—is the
subject of a new book.” – Los Angeles Times

And Terry discusses the Women’s Building in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Ls6OhwfrM and like Deena Metzger, Terry runs her own organization, “Writers at Work”: http://writersatwork.com

Deena and Terry have been community leaders, organizers, and important feminists in LosAngeles. Theirs is an older (pre-digital revolution) model of successful writers. airshipnew4