There isn’t much to say in response to this but, hang on a minute while I come back down from the light-headedness the fresh air gave me…” Thanks to Rachel Thompson of Bad Red Head Media for bringing this to my attention. It’s everything an author needs to read when they’re at the point of deciding what to do as far as publishing. So much to consider, but first, as Wendig says, lets view them as options – not sides or teams or battle-standards.
“Those that ask you to choose a side in this fake debate not only want fewer options for the writing world, but further, are often themselves selling something. They’re salespeople and politicians, shilling for a side because they gain if that side does well. Or they’re emotionally invested because they feel burned somehow — and they refuse to see how what happened to them is not emblematic of what happens to everybody. Sure, some people have been abused by huge publishers. Some have been destroyed by Amazon or Kindle Unlimited. And the reverse is also true: you’ll often hear how each side has changed lives and given hope where none existed before, which is true! But it’ll be framed as if the other side could’ve never given you that and has never before ever, ever, ever, done anything nice, and also, it kicks kittens into woodchippers just for the craven thrill. Because many folks have had their lives made by traditional publishing. Many have had it made by self-publishing. Some have been given a fresh chance through Kickstarter, or social media, or some scrappy small publisher you’ve never heard of before. Lots of writers find a different, comfortable fit across this wonderfully weird, diverse landscape. read more…
Reminder: In Publishing, There Is No Debate « terribleminds: Chuck Wendig.
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