Publishing Round Up – A Week of Rants & Info
Posted on June 23, 2013
As we’re starting a new week, I thought I would put together some links about publishing that caught my attention. As always, there’s a little mix of everything.
Self-Published Authors Are Destroying Literature – Written by Michael Kozlowski for goodereader.com, I almost don’t want you to support Kozlowski’s article as it’s riddled with lazy research and full of insults. With statements like, “One thing indie authors have done is devalue the work of legitimate published authors,” it’s evident that he just wants attention. However, if you get to the comments, that’s where the active discussion is including some of his more incredible claims, such as that most self-published authors aren’t educated. It’s an attempt at flame journalism meant to get the clicks on the article, which he’s done. But what’s puzzling is that it’s for a website that should be supportive of the indie author.
Response to goodereader article by Laura Resnick – I saw Resnick’s responses to Kozlowski in the comments, and was happy to see that she posted up a detailed blog post. In it, Resnick breaks down why the first editorial is wrong, and how self-publishing does work. She does some nice pricing breakdowns between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Through a simple search, we can find more blog posts and editorials that break down the poorly written article. I’ve yet to find one that supports it, although we could consider all the ones against indie authors that have been coming out left and right lately as supportive. It’s nice that traditional publishing has such a great mascot. Makes it easy for those of us like Resnick to respond.
NY Times article Self-Publishing Star Amanda Hocking Sells Next Series to St. Martin’s – Amanda Hocking, known for being one of the bestselling indie authors, has signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press. Hocking now ranks among the new breed of indie author called the hybrid author – one who publishes in both publishing fields. The detail to note is that she signed a deal for a young adult paranormal trilogy. If her goal was to get her young adult books into bookstores and schools, she’s taken the right route as self-publishing can hinder that goal.
How Indie Authors Can Get Their Books Reviewed – Written by Sabrina Ricci from IndieReader, I found this on the Huffington Post. One of the biggest ways for indie authors to pick up momentum is through reviews. One of the hardest things for indie authors to get is reviews. This article features some people, blogs, and/or services that do review self-published books. Having reviews will help with the biggest complaint by pro-traditional publishing pundits, which is vetting.
From Digital Book World, DOJ Spells Out Law in Final Argument to Judge in Apple Ebook Suit – There are so many steps to this case about e-book pricing and collusion against Apple and originally other big publishing houses. This is just the latest information. Watching the whole thing, there have been letters and testimony that show the huge amount of ire against Amazon. Once again, it’s presented as the big bad monster. I still believe that more time and energy could have been positively spent trying to figure out what Amazon was doing right and trying to build a viable way to attract indie authors to other services.
Casey Malone Alerts Kickstarter to A Horrible Book Funding Campaign – In his blog post, Malone breaks down the campaign created by Ken Hoinsky, an avid Reddit user. Based on his posts on Reddit and in further investigation, Hoinsky’s book would be full of misogynistic advice to men on how to get women, bordering on abusive. Kickstarter released a letter of apology that promised many things including never allowing another seduction guide to be funded and donating money to an anti-sexual violence organization. Unfortunately, Hoinsky skates by with the $16,000 plus he raised because time had already run out to take it back. While it might seem odd to include this event here, it’s because using Kickstarter to fund books is still being tested and used by current authors (including being considered by me). A case like this hurts everyone.
You Could Write a Prequel Novel for The Dark Crystal Universe – If you’re a fan of Jim Henson, and especially of his work The Dark Crystal, then a new opportunity popped up this week. Cheryl Henson, founder of darkcrystal.com, will be opening the Dark Crystal world for those who want to submit pages to be considered to be picked to represent a pre-film story. What’s cool is that while they’re looking for professional writing, they are opening the contest to anybody. In support of it, they are giving access to the entire world information. It’s a great way to see how world building works as well as use it to create a story and become a part of a beloved Henson world.