Comments have been closed on the previous post. The mod queue has been tightened up, for obvious reasons. It will relax again when the current storm blows over. So if you make a comment and it doesn’t immediately appear, don’t despair, it just means I haven’t swung by the site at brekkie, lunchtime, or after dinner to clear the queue.
It was interesting and comforting to see Charles Stross’s take on the whole Hachette-Amazon thing, especially where he points out the relative sizes of the players.
One thing that surprised me in the response to my last post was how people didn’t seem to realize I’m a self-pubber too. Also, the number of people trying to tell me how the industry works and yet unable to answer even simple questions an industry professional will ask as a matter of course was thought-provoking. Over and over again I found myself asking very basic questions of people who just didn’t seem to understand how books are: made by any publisher, small or large or self; quality-controlled; and/or currently distributed, and why. I don’t know everything about publishing, I’ll be the first to admit that, but after the years I’ve spent in the field, I at least can guess at the dimensions of what I don’t know, and some of those lecturing me did not appear to be able to do the same. Those who don’t know what they don’t know tend to not understand. (Very meta, I’m sure.)
I will say that the flouncing by those who find the Amway Demagogue of Self-Pubbing more congenial was pretty hilarious, though I’m sure my amusement was not the intended effect. Slightly less amusing was the inability of people to parse “yes, they’re both corporations, but one is acting like a toxic asshole right now and the other isn’t.” Not to mention misquoting me, and then mocking the misquote. Which would be singularly un-amusing, but it’s the internet, so as a result it’s only mildly interesting and puzzling.
Anyway, time to get back to work. The books, they will not write themselves. There’s revisions on the first Gallow book, and some Storium work to do.
Over and out.