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It’s always an interesting exercise to look back on a big event and think about what was really going on. At the time you are often too embedded to spot the significance.
My main feeling on leaving Bloomsbury’s Self-publishing in the Digital Age Conference, organised at The Wellcome Institute last month, was of total exhaustion. Witnessing that much sheer energy was extremely tiring – and having given the initial presentation, and then chaired a panel in the afternoon, I confess I picked up a copy of Hello at Euston Station and tried to talk to no one else until I got home.
Now, one month on, what stands out? The main thing is how self-publishing has come of age. For so long derided as an undifferentiated mass of second-rate content, unable to achieve the quality barrier demanded by the traditional industry and therefore necessarily awful, a much more sophisticated picture of associated activities and …