A Fantastic Response to Those Against Self-Publishing – That’s You, John Green and Andrew Franklin
Posted on June 14, 2013
So I’ve been traveling for the past few days, and will not be in my normal writing hovel for a while to come. In the meantime, there have been more responses to those stating their feelings against self-publishing. I featured one such rant from John Green when he gave his acceptance speech for an ABA (American Booksellers Association) Award. Andrew Franklin spoke vehemently against self-published books covered by The Guardian where he claims that it is a “…deeply corrupt world of self-publishing”.
Even though I don’t have time at the moment to give somebody my 2 cents to throw my own opinions into the ring, I found out that I don’t have to. Libbie Hawker, writing for the Seattle Vine, has written an excellent response to not only the latest “hatred” towards self-publishing but also the growing amount of publicized angst against the growing industry. Since she said it best, I’ll let her words do the talking.
“…In 2013, it has become more apparent than at any point since self-publishing became a legitimate “thing” that the slush pile has moved off the desks of unlucky, starving New York interns and onto the laps of everyday readers. Now it’s readers who sift, who sort, who judge. Now it’s readers who decide which authors make the cut and which are denied the success they crave. There are way more readers than interns. And so way more writers than ever before are making it out of the slush pile and into a sustainable career. Because there have always been more good books than publishers can publish.
And those readers and writers have stepped right around that crowd of people who formerly stood between them, and they have met face to face. For better or for worse…”
Check out Libbie’s post “BOOKRANT: The Publishing Industry Forgot The Only Thing Worth Remembering” on Seattle Vine. Then feel free to add your thoughts in the comments there or here.
Great Post.. It is not unlike the music industry overlords and their scions.. the publishing gods narrow the market as best they can to maximize revenue. I had a horrific and nearly disastrous experience with both a publisher an agent, brought on by naiveté and desperation and it taught me about the “industry” in stark terms.
The industry is tough, and I am in agreement that all this kerfuffle over it that’s been happening in the press is kind of the rattling bones from an industry that could choose to change and adapt but is so intent on staying the same to their detriment.
You said Kerfuffle… Giggle..
I did because I could figure out how to spell folderal at the time. I could have also chosen to use williwaw but thought that it might just seem to ornamental. 🙂
As you may already know I love words.. Some are just fun, funny even, this is often amplified when they are used by people who get them, on multiple levels..
Kerfuffle..is one of those words.. your one of those people..
What’s even better is that word just fits the fighting going on. It truly is just that – a kerfuffle. And as those who write do appreciate words, perhaps if they thought of this bashing sides as just that word, they’d laugh and back down!
BTW, thanks for appreciating it!
One of my Favorite words is Lucubration..
Recently somebody lambasted me over my use of words, implying I use “big words” to sound smart.
My response.. ” I didn’t know you were intelligent enough to understand them to make that observation”.. He was disinclined to continue our repartee upon that declaration..
^This for the win!
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