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The knot between authors and readers

The NY Times has reported that David Mamet will be self-publishing his next play, with facilitation from his agent. This is a big deal because it’s one of the first times a big-name literary author is bypassing the traditional publishing model.

I’ve previously referenced the squirrelly ethical dilemma faced by agents who want to facilitate their clients in self-publishing. It seems the agent has a strong motivation to choose the easiest, most profitable route — which is a challenge as well for home sellers dealing with a real estate agents.

But another reason the David Mamet news is interesting is because it raises an entirely different question: Is he really self-publishing?  Continue reading