What Makes You a Publisher?

March 2007
by Jan Nathan, Executive Director, PMA

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by Jan Nathan

Executive Director, PMA


What Makes You a Publisher?


Publishing is more confusing
today than it was years ago for many people entering our community. In part,
this is because of all the technological changes that make entry into the world
of publishing seem easier and easier.


Every day at the PMA office, we
find ourselves explaining to people who are new to the industry that even
though they have a product that looks and feels and sometimes reads like a
book, they are not really ready to enter this world as publishers. In fact, in
many cases these people don’t own their books’ ISBNs, which tell booksellers
who the publisher is. Yet they still think they can assume the publisher’s


Acting on many conversations, the
PMA board developed a statement to help define the role of the publisher. That
statement bears repeating. As publishers, we are the bearers and the
repositories of information. We have responsibilities to our investors, our
authors, our suppliers, our customers, our readers, and to ourselves as prudent
business people. We also have a strong commitment to uphold rigorous publishing
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