Several posts today helped generate the latest addition to The Passive Voice t-shirt shop.
I’m so glad I slept in since this was the first thing I saw on TPV and Pepsi Max exploded out my nose.
P.S. DH has decided he wants Dan’s Lousy T-Shirt/And Money version, but not in purple, so we can tell ours apart.
That sounds like it had to burn.
The burn was worth it, Dan!
I don’t know about this one. It’s too ‘us and them’ and we should all be fighting for the benefit of all authors. Until recently there was no third option, you were either traditionally published or you gave up. Having a dig at those poor souls is in bad taste.
Now that you mention it, I think you’re right. This one felt a little off, but I couldn’t put a finger on why.
Hey, I’ve trad pubbed three books, and I think this shirt is the best one yet. Hilarious!
There are some authors though who proudly don’t WANT to do the math. They just want to write. If that’s what they want, that’s where to go get it.
I agree. It’s a little too divisive for a t-shirt. It’s also kind of true, in my experience. But not always.
For authors who do the math
Might be harsh but rings true. When trad-pub hopefuls bemoan the Howie/Racer-X report because they think indies will lower eBook and print prices thereby damaging their potential future earnings, one must wonder where they hid the calculator.
Is anyone getting any WRITING done the last couple of days? So much news & stats & reaction, so little time… (But I wouldn’t miss it for the world.)
That’s the reason I was up until 4am. I was trying to get caught up on my wordcount. 😆
I just looked back over what I’ve achieved for the past couple of days, and I am astounded that I’ve managed to revise a third of a novel in that time. It really doesn’t feel like I’ve done anything but victory-dance and laugh for two straight days.
At least you weren’t snorting soda out your nose, Libbie. 🙂
I was doing revisions and edits. And working on a conference paper proposal. And getting my blog set up.
Mitch and Dan:
But the “Freight Class” and “cattle” was all in good fun, eh? F*ck ’em if they can’t take a joke. After all, those trad pubbers are all rolling in dough, right? They don’t care what the peasants wear.
Seriously… I don’t think anyone is against WRITERS of any kind. We’re trying to spread some reality about the economics. I think the jibe is at the publishers, not the writers.
‘For authors who don’t do math’ is a jibe at publishers? I didn’t mention publishers and agents etc, my point was about authors. To me this one is also denigrating authors some, make that most, of who had no choice.
We’ll have to agree to disagree I suspect but this one’s not for me.
Sorry if I ladled snark in the wrong direction, Mitch.
No apology necessary PG. Sometimes we forget what other authors have been battling with for decades, though some fit the snark very well…
Patrice, there’s no doubt that Maass and his ilk have acted like dicks. However, I take some pride in knowing that we’ve avoided taking the same route that they have, namely going out of our way to trash authors who are taking a different route, even if a lot of the time we haven’t been afforded the same courtesy.
The “Sorry, I’m not accepting … ” t-shirt is directed at publishers/agents, but this one is specifically targeted at authors.
I’m not going to picket or anything; I just think that this one isn’t playful like the rest.
Could I put in a request for another slogan? When I first started attending cons, people made a point of saying, “Money flows to the author.” How about we update that to “Money and control flow to the author”?
Money flows through the author?
I like that, Sandra.
I just want to take this moment to say how much I love this place. I just got banned from a writing forum for a month for using too much sarcasm. I’m just a lurker who hasn’t published yet (but will someday!) but I think all of the commenters here are awesome people and I love the snark.
It’s like working in the same company together and commenting over the cubicle walls.
As my DH says, we’re snarkalicious. Welcome to the club, Sarah!
I know the feeling. It’s like my workplace used to be. I feel as if my old boss is back and it’s Slap-Happy-Thursday again 🙂
I’ll agree that the commenters are terrific, Sarah.
Bonus points for the correct font choices.
Fonts are one of the many subjects about which I claim no particular expertise.
Well, I for one suck at math. I’m an idiot savant minus the savant part. But thanks to Hugh and Dataguru X there’s pretty colorful charts for me to follow.
It may be divisive, and a bit mean, but it also made laugh loud enough to scare my dog.
I think this one should be worn when daring to go onto the Absolute Write forums. Many of those authors deserve the snark. (And the challenge to their math skills.)
‘Traditional Publishing is the new Vanity Press’.
lol! Paul and the put (Author Solutions) under it – nuff said. 😉
I for one HAD to get the I destroyed literary culture shirt especially since the smear campaign going kept declaring that.
THAT – is excellent. *like*
J.A. Konrath just wrote this. Any chance we can ask him to T-shirt it? :bats eyelashes:
I’m not anti-establishment. I’m pro-author.
I’d like it in pink, I think.
That’s a really good one.
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