Friday, April 8, 2011

The Publishing Cold War

Currently reading - Percy Jackson and the Olymmpians:  The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (TPB)

GK and I have been studying the section on post-WWII America and the beginnings of the Cold War.  I can't help but notice the similarities between the situation of the US and the USSR and the current rivalry between the Indies and the Trads.

The fanatics on each side believes their idealogy is the only idealogy.  Accusations of "Defector!" are flying.  Propaganda is so thick you need hip boots to wade through it.

The rest of us just want to do our thing and pray we don't get blown to dust by the nutcases.

There's a lot of vitriol spilled in the internet these days.  Ask yourself before you post or tweet--is this really necessary?

I don't mean roll over when someone attacks you, but realize some trolls are just trying to provoke a reaction.  Don't give in to their bullshit.  Stay classy.  Make your arguments calmly and logically.  And give your readers the best product you can.


  1. Great advice, Suzan. BTW, I LOVE Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" books...those are so much fun! Enjoy :-)

  2. Just doing my little bit to stop the insanity, Bethany!

    I picked Riordan's books for GK as school reading since they have a male protagonist and still have some great female characters. At first, GK complained (a lot and rather loudly) even though he loved last year's movie. Now, he's reading the last Percy book, and I hear nary a peep. *grin*

  3. Suzan,

    I read the first one of the series that comes after the "Percy Jackson" (it's the same characters, but a little different tale). I started reading (but haven't finished) the Egyptian one Rick Riordan wrote (it's very good so far). My husband and I own both books.

    Glad GK is enjoying them :-)

  4. So true, Suzan!!!

  5. This is a great comparison!!