From Book Machine:
There are very few things in life that make my blood boil more than someone tearing down the industry I work in with false accusations of collusion, underhandedness, and evil doing. So when I see a headline like ‘Why Book Publishers Hate Authors‘ in the Huffington Post, it’s all I can do to stop myself from going into a blind rage and throwing my computer into the ocean, finding the nearest rocket, and blasting myself into the face of the sun. Because what the hell, guys.
I’m not going to go into why the article is wrong, because that really doesn’t matter. It is wrong, as all of us in publishing know. There’s no conspiracy to drive down advances, there’s just a changing market. But what this highlights to me is something way worse than simply a couple of incorrect facts and conclusions that don’t reflect reality. This is a prime example of what publishers suck at, which is talking to people outside the industry about the industry. And when other people go out of their way to do it for us, it becomes really, really necessary to start talking about what we do.
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Our public image consists of not much. Our authors may try to disassociate themselves from us in public, like we’re the embarrassing parents wearing lyrca at the school gates, which we really sort of are. We can’t pretend to be cool in the same way they are, because we’re organisations not individuals, and our job is to sell them and not ourselves. But there’s a problem here and it can’t be remedied by simply being good at our jobs.
If we stay silent, people will assume we have something to hide.
Link to the rest at Book Machine and thanks to Keith for the tip.