Monday, May 21, 2012
The link below is a must-read!
Are you a reader who thinks authors are making big bucks because, well, because you pay a lot of money for books (or eBooks) from the big publishers?
Are you a writer who has spent years sending out queries to agents so you can sign with one--who you then hope will sell your novel to a big publisher...in a few more years?
Are you a writer who has thrown in the towel because the struggle to get an agent has given you heartburn and discouraged you from even wanting to write anymore?
If you fit into any of the categories above, YOU NEED TO READ THIS POST!
I haven't heard a more clear explanation of why writers don't earn big bucks, or why the publishing industry, despite millions of hopeful wanna-be-published writers, is in such a turmoil right now.
Oh, you didn't know the publishing industry is in a turmoil, or that the Department of Justice has launched a lawsuit against several big publishers because of alleged collusion to fix prices of eBooks?
The title is "Exploited Writers in an Unfair Industry," written in his usual hard-hitting fashion by Joe (J A) Konrath. I don't believe I have ever read a more on-point, powerful historical dissection and current events view of how publishers and agents came to hold all the cards in the (inter)national book industry, and why writers can't make a living wage from their WORK.