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Traditional Publishers

13 February 2014

Several posts today helped generate the latest addition to The Passive Voice t-shirt shop.




41 Comments to “Traditional Publishers”

  1. 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.

  2. Love it.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.)

  6. BWAAAA!

  7. 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.

    • 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.

  8. 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”?

  9. 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.

  10. Bonus points for the correct font choices.

  11. 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.

  12. It may be divisive, and a bit mean, but it also made laugh loud enough to scare my dog.

  13. 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.)

  14. ‘Traditional Publishing is the new Vanity Press’.

  15. Love it!

  16. 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.

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