Every few months or so, proponents of traditional publishing and fans of indie pubbing engage in a steel-cage death match. This month’s edition has been entertaining, mainly because of the extra fun vitriolics.
Here are a few articles for you to consider:
- Hugh Howey wrote this piece on the virtues of self-publishing.
- Chuck Wendig responded with this.
- Meanwhile, Scott Turow, president of the Author’s Guild, released this statement and then in an opinion piece proclaimed the death of the American author.
- Barry Eisler responded with this scathing indictment.
- Then, Eisler went on to anger trad pubs with a presentation at a book convention, which resulted in some interesting Twitter responses.
Then everyone under the sun started talking about it.
Seems like everywhere you look, someone is up in arms over something someone said about their momma.
Here’s how I look at these dust-ups. They’re informative. Read them in order to keep up with what’s going on in the industry, but for heaven’s sake, use your head and interpret like Spock: without getting emotional about it. It’s important to keep up with the news and changes to publishing, but it’s not important to jump into the fray and defend your opinion to the death. Sure, say what you think, but don’t let it descend into name-calling. (Although it is entertaining to watch, so on second thought, go ahead if that’s what you want to do.)
I’ve got nothing against traditional publishing. I’m neither yearning for the “prestige” of a deal nor standing at their doors with flaming torches. Heck, if the right company offered me the right deal, I’d consider it. I’d go hybrid under the right circumstances. (Hear that, Amazon? Call me.) But I’m also not going to sit around, twiddling my thumbs and waiting for that offer to come, and I’m not going to feel bad about it. I’m going to continue earning my own living using the means available to me and not waste time getting caught up the drama.