Equal Rights for Authors!

There are a lot of snobs in the world.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had this thought, but it hit me today particularly strong after reading one person who “disregards friend reviews” and a blog that “WILL NOT REVIEW SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS.”

I had two thoughts. The first was “I consider all my reviewers friends,” and “CATCH UP WITH THE REAL WORLD.” It is the latter that I wish to discuss.

Every time the world wants to move forward there are those who try to hold it back. Clearly indie publishing is catching on. People are becoming successful at it, and the traditional market is beginning to panic. Trying to degrade the professional, belittle it, or disregard it is like trying to oppose the development of the horseless carriage, or the printing press.

Sometimes these people are worried about competition. Worried that their job might become obsolete. Lots of jobs become obsolete as a result of progress; deal with it! But some people are simply snobs. They think that only “traditionally” published books are worth their time, money, or manners.

Look me in the eye and tell me you’ve never read a traditionally published book and then wished you had those three hours of your life back.

You can’t. We’ve all read bad books. They’ve been around for as long as fiction has been invented. There are always really sorry authors out there who somehow, magically, get published. And there are really, really brilliant authors who spend years, tens of years, before someone finally recognizes their work.

What does this mean? The publishing industry is not a standard of quality.

And yet everyone treats it like it is. “Traditional” is better than “Self-published.” Sounds like racism to me. Like, somehow, self-published authors aren’t real writers. Like we’re an inferior class. You’re “professional” and we’re “amateurs.” Downright un-American!

So, published authors, stop looking down on your Indie cousins. They are the future. And they may be small and annoying now, but you’d better watch out. And stop saying “self-published” like it’s a disease, or an inferior race. Give them some respect. In the long run you don’t stand a chance.

And readers? Stop being a snob, judging on race and social status. Judge a book by its cover, if you must, but not by it’s publishing history! Judge a book by its quality and content. Give it a fair hearing. Stop discriminating against the independently published author! This is a free country, and we demand our rights!

We’re all authors too!


Equal Rights for Authors! — 5 Comments

  1. Yes indeedy! And often the complaint against self-published books isn’t that the book doesn’t have a good story, but because self-published material is often full of spelling and grammar errors. But I’ve read traditionally published books that I’ve mentally taken a red pen to. There’s just no real distinction anymore.

  2. I completely agree. There are as many terrible traditional books as there are terrible indie books. On the flip side, there are some incredible traditional books just as there are incredible indie books. Traditional publishing is allllll a game of luck. The author lucks up with an agent (and an agent taking on a book is just b/c it suits THAT agent’s tastes). Then they luck up with an editor. It’s really just a few people’s opinion that decides if a book should get traditionally published.

    Some of us just had crappy luck on the query-go-round. I don’t regret my decision to go indie. Like you, I just wish the negative stigma would fade away, and we could be judged individually by our books rather than by the group as a whole.

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