Mary Scriver (Prairie Mary) is self-publishing her book Twelve Blackfeet Stories — see this link at Lulu.com, where you can buy the paperback for £8.27 (I mention the price to point out that it is hardly prohibitive for a relatively specialist topic), and also see Mary’s other works . About this one: "Roughly twelve generations of Blackfeet Indians have existed since 1776 until now. Here are twelve loosely linked stories, one for each of those generations. These are about Amskapi Pikuni people, the Montana subdivision of Blackfeet. The stories are modern-style fiction, not legends. The stories are meant to be unexpected, slantwise. They are good for discussions."
I received news of the publication via OWL (Dave Lull), and posted about it on Librarian’s Place. Since then, Mary has made some pertinent comments about self-publishing. I’ve read Susan Hill, and others who have not only dismissed but even scorned this form of publishing (see this Petrona post and comments: "unpleasant cargo"). I recommend that those people, and anyone else interested in the topic, read Mary’s comments over at Librarian’s Place. Here are some of them:
Like so many other things, we have a tendency to define something a particular way and then judge it from that point of view, rather than saying to oneself, “I’m going to look at this from at least six points of view.” For instance, can one use Lulu.com to make a family album that everyone can share and that can be financed by the reader? Can one use Lulu.com to simply get printing done rather than doing it locally? Can one use Lulu.com as a way of demonstrating to agents or publishers that one is capable of carrying a concept to completion and showing them how that might work out? Can one use Lulu.com in combination with Blogger.com as a way of getting a book done, generating small bits over time, maybe even randomly, then compiling all the best parts? Can one use Lulu.com to create classroom textbooks and materials? Can one use Lulu.com to build a readership within a very specific and specialized group of readers? I think the answer to all those questions is yes.
I think so too, and appreciate Mary providing me, at any rate, with her forward-looking perspective.