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Some Authors are Out of Touch

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Scott Turow. Now Jodi Picault. Boy. I’ve had to HERE (look way, way, up) with this.

Turow is the current president of the Author’s Guild and he has been all over the media with spectacularly ill-informed and self-serving opinions about Amazon and, really, by default, self-publishing. And now Jodi Picualt is advising the rest of us not to self-publish.

Shall we Occupy Best-Selling Authors? Jesus H. Ffing Christ.

Fact: By the Author’s Guild’s own survey some time back, in the days before Amazon and self-publishing most authors made about $5,000 a year. We had day jobs because you can’t live on $5,000 a year.

Fact: In all the years I’ve been traditionally publishing (since 1987) I have NEVER EVER ONCE been able to think anything but that it would sure be nice to write full time. It wasn’t until I signed with my current agent that my traditional writing income was more than $5,000 a year. Those first deals she made for me in 2008 have have only now started to earn out. There have also been foreign rights sales. My agent is amazing. But there was still no chance that I’d be writing full time anytime soon.

Enter self-publishing in 2011.

Dear Mr. Turow and Ms. Picault: In 2011 my writing income was almost as much as I make in my day job. I work in high tech. My salary is not peanuts.

Do NOT tell me Amazon is evil.

Do NOT tell me not to self-publish.

You people have no idea how self-publishing has transformed everything for authors who aren’t NYT bestsellers.

And Mr. Turow, you are SERIOUSLY derelict in your duty to authors and what is best for us. The Author’s Guild is supposed to serve the interests of authors. Not traditional publishers. Take another look at what’s happening and explain to me why I should consider for even a minute turning away from writing income that makes me think full-time writing is a short term goal, not a long range plan.

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