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InStock is a conference for self publishers, taking place July 18 at Hotel Monaco in San Francisco. Speakers include successful self publishers, marketing pros, and executives from the traditional publishing industry, who will be teaching you to think strategically about your books. There are a series of panels that will address marketing your book, finding your audience, publicity tactics, pricing your book and more.

We have 3 tickets to give away to lucky blog readers, so leave us a comment by 11:59 PM PST on Thursday the 9th about why you think self publishing is the way of the future, and we’ll select and announce 3 winners on Friday the 10th!

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  1. Sounds like a great conference to attend especially since i am about to publish my first self-published book.

      July 6, 2009 – 2:09 pm   Permalink
  2. I would love to attend this conference more than anything in the world. Please assist.

    Thanks,

    Sandra

      July 6, 2009 – 2:11 pm   Permalink
  3. Self Publishing is the way of the future because it’s barbaric to slaughter trees for companies to subsidize middlemen.

      July 6, 2009 – 2:14 pm   Permalink
  4. I would really love to win tix!
    I know, totally unoriginal but I am new to the biz and would love to learn more!

      July 6, 2009 – 2:58 pm   Permalink
  5. Self-publishing will be the way of the future for many reasons, but I feel the two most influential are:

    1 – Printed works began as the domain of clergy and powerful leaders. It then became available to the masses. Now the masses are saying they want books on topics on specific areas – not just what appeals to the masses. This is not profitable for large printing companies, therefore we need to be able to publish one-at-a-time, on demand, at a reasonable cost, for those who need the information.

    2. Topics of interest go through fast paced change and there needs to be a method of spreading information and ideas about those topics quickly – not waiting for a year for the publishing/distribution processes to be completed.

      July 6, 2009 – 3:00 pm   Permalink
  6. Hello Blurb! This is fantastic news that you are giving away 3 tickets to the In Stock Conference for Self-Publishers.

    Self-publishing is definitely the way of the future. I believe in this, enough to establish my small business as a book maker while utilizing Blurb as the on-demand publisher. The general idea of self-publishing is that the author has full control over his or her material, and therefore encourages creative freedom and personalization. Similar to how people have taken to ‘blogging’ through either regular blog sites or using micro blog sites such as Twitter, self-publishing opens the opportunity for any one to be an author and publisher of their own work. An individual’s experience, perception, opinion, and impression can now be captured in book, wherein the individual can still have full control over its contents and its audience. Even looking at Blurb’s own history, one can see how this company grew exponentially in the recent years as they see thousands of books published per week. Blurb’s on-demand publishing service has definitely tapped a market need. What sets Blurb apart (and what will make future on-demand publishers the leader in this market) is the ease of use of their book publishing software.

    As a writer, self-publisher and book maker I would be very enthused to attend the In Stock Conference for Self-Publishers. What I can learn from this event can really help in my occupation as a book designer, as I apply what I learn through the book projects of my clients. In addition, the information I attain can also serve as additional resource as I prepare to teach an introduction to book making’ workshop in my city’s community center this Fall (an event wherein I encourage the attendees to utilize Blurb to create their own books).

      July 6, 2009 – 4:21 pm   Permalink
  7. The ability to self publish means the reader has a whole new wealth of infomation at their fingertips. It means books are no longer published on a pre-set criterion of “what will sell,” or “what is popular,” etc. It puts both the publisher and the reader in a new relationship. in short: It is to publishing what blogging has done to news/media.

      July 6, 2009 – 4:45 pm   Permalink
  8. Me and my wife are first itme authors because of self publishing. But thinking of reasons I can give you three:

    1.- It’s GREEN: Because with blurb you ship on demand and you do not have to stock the books.
    2.- It’s EASY: You can download the software, use the templates and add your content. And that’s it.
    3.- It gives you an opportunity. And that’s what many aspiring authors need an opportunity to get notice and contribute to they’re success.

      July 7, 2009 – 11:06 am   Permalink
  9. It would be great to learn something new! (I’m 63 and it helps to keep my brain challenged, LOL). I intend to use Blurb services for an upcoming book and I would love to get tips and techniques from the experts. Please consider me!

      July 7, 2009 – 12:56 pm   Permalink
  10. I have been photographing artists in this valley for 25 years. I was recently introduced to Blurb and look forward to publishing my first volume of photos featuring artists and their studios. I would truly appreciate the information available at the InStock Conference, as I have been waiting so very long to create this book.

    Thank you.

      July 8, 2009 – 10:27 pm   Permalink
  11. Ushering in the future of producing desirable objects “by request/demand” is a process that eliminates wasteful overproduction of unnecessary and unwanted commodities.
    By leading the way in this industry, others may learn from and mimic production on a scale that is profitable while minimizing the impact on our resource base. This must become the way of the future for a small planet with ever growing needs from an ever expanding populus.
    We can still incorporate the benefits learned from Ford’s mass production concepts and update the process to ”on demand” minimizing the outdated/outmoded ”overproduction” model resulting in the build-up of waste.
    Thank you for engineering a way for ”un-agented” genius’ to publish intimate works for a limited, yet interested, audience. In doing so, an example is set for a larger business model to emulate as well.

      July 9, 2009 – 2:43 pm   Permalink
  12. Definitely the wave of the future. It helps more people who would like to have something published who wouldn’t normally otherwise get that opportunity. Seeing your own work in print inspires more creativity. It feels so democratic, so American – like no one is stopping you from publishing. I believe that the generations that are being born now will never be used to only a few publishing companies, and will accept the new norm to be the publish on demand system.

    By Cindy Honeycutt
      July 9, 2009 – 8:47 pm   Permalink
  13. Great idea, but will this work over the long run?

      July 29, 2009 – 11:54 am   Permalink

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