Are you a self-published author?
I am an author! Me too, me too, me too and me too!
It’s all seems to to going crazy, doesn’t it? Everyone it would appear is an author today.
However, as a long-time proponent and supporter of self-publishing, I have to say that I love all this craziness. Yes, one can argue that there are too many books and not enough readers and that self-publishing has stuffed up what was a very lucrative closed business for six, or is it five now, huge publishers. Yes, there are a lot of crappy books being published, by both self publishers and traditional publishers I might add, but hey, there are also some terrific books by wonderful new authors, who would never have had the opportunity to be published under the old gate keeper business model, which for too long had crippled a basic right.
It’s called the freedom of expression. This right, to express oneself in print (or e-print now) has been denied to writers for centuries, so it is an overdue freedom for writers of all kinds. Sure, some write better than others, but isn’t this true in all mediums? Just because a painter isn’t up to Van Gogh standards, no one would think of accusing the painter of dragging down industry standards and polluting the art world.
Yet this is what is being said in corners of the literary world. One point that is always missed by those who continue to denigrate self-publishing, is that this new publishing model is only now available to the masses because a bloody huge multinational monopolistic mega-giant company called Amazon decided to so. I read many mainstream literary news sites and blogs that, if I can be so bold as to say, ‘continually put shit on self-published authors‘, but they always fail to vent their livid spleen on the real cause of their angst. Amazon invented self-publishing, not writers. But, isn’t it far easier to pick on the defenceless little guy?
There is also the probability that the literary world is so shit scared of Amazon that it is reluctant to criticise a monster that could quite easily bite their heads off in an instant.
It’s worth remembering that writers didn’t have a bloody revolution and fight to win the right to self-publish. There were no protests in the streets. It was handed to them freely and for free by Amazon, who of course, because they are a business, had a well-laid plan to make sure they made an awful lot of money from their initiative. They probably will, or already have.
So if anyone wants to ‘put shit‘ on self-publishing and self-published authors, they need to get their acrimonious aim right and target Amazon with their snobbish whining. And not, by way of example, attacking a defenceless single mother, a retiree or someone between jobs trying to make ends meet, who all simply had the guts and determination to write a book, and then publish it, because Amazon gave them the opportunity to do so.
My motivation to write this post came from one particularly nasty article, complete with spiteful replies to comments by the author of the article, which was published by what I had up until a few days ago, considered a reasonably balanced epublishing blog. So bad was it, that I have not added a link as I would usually do, because it would only give this insidious article more traffic. The horrid and spiteful article was, in fact, a year old, but recirculated via Google News a few days ago, presumably because it made for great clickbait.
Enough to say though, that this was just one more in a long line of gutless and cowardly attacks on those who cannot defend themselves, and in the end, as it was re-hashed after a whole year, it says that it was probably only in the name of selfishly increasing blog traffic and advertising revenue, and not about raising literary standards.
I don’t like haters. Especially gutless ones who direct their hostility at the weak, because they are too cowardly and spineless to attack their true enemy. But worse, are the ones like these, who do it to feed their pitiful egos, and for profit.
To be balanced, though, the freedom of expression is for all, so therefore, it has to allow creeps like this to have their say. So I accept that. But I retain the right to say that it was cowardly abuse of the very same freedom that was attacked in this article.
Damning self-published authors is not sexy, it is gutless!