Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mixed Feelings

So I have mixed feelings over the launching of our blog book, link here

First of all, the cover is not us, the Mothers in Medicine blog, at all. But I learned sometimes you have no control of cover, as in this case. It appears they are marketing it as a textbook, by the outrageous price that has made it inaccessible to family, friends, and book clubs. Are they marketing it to medical schools? If so, the idea of making a med student have to pay $40-$50 dollars to read it makes me sick to my stomach. Again, I just learned pricing the book is sometimes out of control of the author and editor.

So if you have a bunch of money to spare, go get our book at that link up there. If you don't, you are welcome to borrow mine, as soon as I order it myself. Doesn't a contributor even get a free book before publication? How cruel is this world? Or you can just follow the blog. Honestly most of what I have written was cobbled from past blogs - it took less than an hour to put together the day of the deadline because I am the queen of procrastination. But I'm still going to get it anyway because it's my online family and I want to read all the others.


And by the way, if there are any profits to be made here, not a dime will come to any of us, including our amazing editor.


Anonymous said...

I think the problem is that MiM found the wrong kind of publisher. I can't tell if Springer is an academic publisher, a vanity publisher, or some combination of the two, but-- it seems like you'd get better pricing and at least some money back to the team if you'd managed to sign with a different sort of publisher.

For what I would expect a MiM book to be, I don't think I would've gone with them, based purely on how they present themselves on their website. To me, MiM is more engaging and readable than what they typically publish. Plus I think a MiM book would appeal to a broader audience than Springer can reach--I read and enjoy MiM, yet I am not "iM."

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Yes quite obvious in retrospect. The choice will limit the audience severely. None of us really did it for the money. What bothers me is I can't figure out their angle. Do they really expect to make some money off of this? I can't see it catching on. I don't know about costs going into putting a book like this out and marketing it but I can't imagine what they might gain. I've got Springer books, they are more of an academic publisher I think.