Often considered the original self-publishing guru and consultant, Dan Poynter, passed away on Tuesday of this week after a long illness. Poynter was 77 and best known for his book The Self-Publishing Manual, first published in 1979. He was a passionate advocate of quality self-publishing long before the impact of digital technology in the book industry. He never intended to enter the publishing industry, instead starting out in aviation and ‘stumbled’ into publishing in 1969 when he founded Para Publishing, a vehicle to launch his manuals on sky-diving and parachute design.
He certainly will be missed. From the PW obituary:
Poynter founded Para Publishing in 1969. The company focused on technical books and manuals about about sky-diving and parachute design. The house’s list eventually expanded to include books on a variety of topics, including self-publishing and writing. Although Para Publishing grew to include multiple staffers, Poynter often described the business as “the world’s largest one-man publishing company.” In 1986 he launched the newsletter Publishing Poynters and subsequently wrote more than 100 books on writing and publishing.