Currently reading - Poltergeist by Kat Richardson (MMPB)
I thought long and hard about whether or not to write the following diatribe. I then thought long and hard about how to say it. I don't believe in trashing people online, but there are things that need to be said.
One thing you learn as an attorney is you can't take someone at their word. Everything that's said must be analyzed in terms of what the opposing party (or even your own client) wants and what they're afraid of.
And it's becoming very, VERY obvious there are those who are very, VERY scared of the rapid changes in the publishing. And they have no clue on how to deal with these changes so they lash out.
Over the last few weeks I've seen tweets from an editor who claimed everything would be okay if they could just get the writers under control. Another tweet from an agent berated writers for using the term "indie" because it made us sound ignorant.
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm offended. Really offended. As in I had to walk away from the laptop three times over the last two weeks because the urge to use profanity was overwhelming.
To the agents and editors from the publishing houses out there: I realize it was a buyer's market. That's changing. Get over it. And insulting writers is not the way to keep the old system going.
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