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Turow In A Row, Again

"Self-Publishing? We don't need no stinking self-publishing!"

“Self-Publishing? We don’t need no stinking self-publishing!”

Seems that the ever-adroit and much-beloved Scott Turow, president of the so-called Authors Guild, has stepped into it, once again.

You might be inclined to believe that the Authors Guild–and its titular leader, Scott Turow–would be interested in protecting authors from the land-grab tactics of traditional publishing (purists demand the term “trade publishing” be used, but fuck ’em, sez I). This is so hilariously far from the mark that it’s almost beyond me to articulate it. Suffice to say, the Guild (and Mr. Turow!) are more interested in protecting guilded cages than anything else.

But rather than bore you all with retelling past events, I’ll allow those who are substantially more accomplished at such activities do all the heavy lifting:

Check out David Gaughran’s wonderful deconstruction of Turow’s argument, and his rather pointed illustrations of Turow and the Author Guild’s heinous double-standards.

Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler, the Abbot & Costello of self-publishing, do a bit of dragon slaying of their own.

Really, Turow. With a guy like you pinch-hitting for the rest of us, no wonder most writers are broke.

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  1. April 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah that term “trade publishing” sounds flat-out stupid. Classic or Classical Publishing might be a better term (outdated system and all 😛 ). One thing I’ve noticed, when a CP book hits the e-shelf, the prices are out-freaking-rageous. As much as, or even more than, a paper copy of the same book.

    I like that the self-publishers are waking up in droves. Several that I read have banded together and created their own “publishing” companies…indie- ebook- whatever you want to call them. Their prices are much more in line with what you might expect an ebook to cost since there is no paper, ink, storage, shipping, etc. to pay for. Or they just keep self-publishing…YOU GO GUYS!

    How can Amazon be blamed for making money off indie-writers? the CP–or the Big Boys as they’re called in the article–make W-A-Y more off their writers.

    People that accuse Amazon for doing the same thing are talking out both sides of their mouths ( to put it as nicely as I can 😉 )

    • April 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Turow’s a douche. That’s all there is to it. He’s being the publishing industry’s front man in this, while supposedly representing “authors.” But then and again, it’s not like the Authors Guild is the same thing as the Writers Guild of America, which has real power to influence its industry (Hollywood). It’s just a joke of an organization, incapable of generating any benefit for its membership.

    • April 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      i CANNOT understand how a person who is the head of a group can blatantly dismiss or condemn ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that could benefit the people he supposedly represents. How has this nimrod stayed in office? 😡

      Not only that, but WTH is up with this Paul Aiken dipstick? :O

      I’m not an author, but I think everybody in the Authors’ Guild would be remiss to not leave as fast as humanly possible. How as the membership NOT gotten rid of these two??

      I say …Bless Amazon for allowing the “indie-” and “self-” publishers the forum to offer their work to the public, without having to bow down to the greed of agents and classic publishing houses.

      Without Amazon, I would never had found what I consider to be some of the best writers anyone could ever hope to find. 🙂

      On the other hand, offering the forum to anybody and everybody who thinks they’re a writer makes me want to punch somebody. 😦

      But, you have to take the bad with the good. Luckily, Amazon has a good return policy 😀

      Write on guys!


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