I’m not using Lulu.com either but catching up on my reading, I was very amused by this bit from a NY Times piece on self-publishing:
Indeed, said Robert Young, chief executive of Lulu Enterprises, based in Raleigh, N.C., a majority of the companyâ€™s titles are of little interest to anybody other than the authors and their families. â€œWe have easily published the largest collection of bad poetry in the history of mankind,â€ Mr. Young said.
If you’re a fan of bad poetry, you know where to go!
The DIY trend is interesting. Due to technology (currently partially due to the economy), everyone is doing their own blogs, their own promotion, their own websites — whether escorts, writers/poets or small businesses. I like to think it’s giving power to the people but often it just loses one in the crowd. If you aren’t in a given online social circle, you have NO IDEA that other person exists because the pick-and-choose Internet is replacing mass media. It’s as isolating as living in a small village back when buggies had square wheels and only the rich had horses.*
Not that I’m crying over spilt mass media, I’m simply musing. I think a digital ceiling is forming.
*The square wheels thing is a comical exaggeration.