Currently reading - Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
If you haven't seen these, go take a look at Adrian Zackheim's piece, a Publisher's Weekly article from last year, or Michele Defilippo's thoughts on Authropublisher.
Now, let's pretend you don't have a dog in the publishing race and take emotion out of the equation.
If publishers, agents, etc., think indie publishing is inconsequential, why are they shouting from the rootftops that it's bad?
If indie publishing is not a game-changer in the industry then why are they focusing so much attention on it?
If traditional publishing is just fine, why are agents opening up their own "self-publishing initiatives"? (Sorry but the former corporate drone in me still finds The Knight Agency's term hysterical.)
If there isn't a problem, why are folks like Trident Media agents Robert Gottlieb and Kim Whalen and editor Colleen Lindsey trolling the Kindle Boards and indie book review sites for the next big thing?
(Okay, turning my emotion chip back on.)
For the record, I haven't met a self-published author who advocates putting up crap on the interwebs despite what some of the traditional pundits would have us believe. Everyone I know works hard to put up a quality product. In fact, indies are very generous with sharing their techniques and tips for creating a quality product for readers.
Speaking of sharing info, if you're in the Northwest Houston area Saturday, August 6th, a writers group I belong to is having a workshop on 'How to Digital Publish'.
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