In his “Dirty Little Secrets” conference presentation, Writer’s Digest Publisher Phil Sexton tells authors to ask their publishers what support their books are getting — and what they can do to help.”
While the intent of the “perfect e-bookstore” project was to spec out an answer to Amazon’s commercial dominance, one participant, Laura Dawson, notes that most readers are more than happy inside Seattle’s “walled garden.”
With a concise list of interests provided by leading US independent authors on the table, the Authors Guild now can review its move to welcome self-publishing colleagues — in light of those writers’ key concerns.
Will the “much maligned” Guild’s critics see only a new avenue of attack? — or is the US author corps finally ready to search for common ground?
Every Year, New Moves Staging national-class writers’ conferences has never been easy. Competing interests go with the territory. In the past, organizers could lose a lot of sleep over the question of “craft vs.
Far from getting you anywhere, flattery can blow up in your face. And they, the readers, are doing just fine. This is actually about them, the authors.
Just do the right thing. You’ll read better, you’ll write better, you’ll be better, without all those stars in your eyes.
“Self-published authors have never had a level playing field on Amazon,” says a leader of the independent authors’ community. And the irony may be that Amazon, the entrepreneurs’ great enabler, could be prompting its writers to organize.
If Amazon’s angels and Hachette’s helpers are coming in hot — if they sound snarky, belligerent, ugly, as they try to get you to take sides — one option is to strand the hostility. The worst thing a ranting person can hear back is nothing: you may want to provide them with just that.
While the self-publishing leadership looks for accord — or continues chewing each other’s legs off — questions will be waiting.