I have a guest post up today, but its not a review, a Mind Meld or a RPPA column, and its not at the Functional Nerds or SF Signal.
Instead, its at the blog of writer Mhairi Simpson (kind enough to host this for me) and is called “The Unwritten stories in my head”
Read Kris Rusch instead. Ignore what I have to say. (all three of you reading this). http://kriswrites.com/2012/02/29/the-business-rusch-you-asked-for-my-opinion/
Have you heard about the dispute between Amazon and the distributor IDG?
Here’s a link: http://www.sfwa.org/2012/02/sfwa-is-redirecting-amazon-com-links/
Read it? Good.
Sarah Hoyt has a very different viewpoint and pulls no punches.Here’s a link. http://accordingtohoyt.com/2012/03/01/good-author-heres-a-fish/
Read it? Good.
Here’s my response. I commented it there, but wanted to share it here.
Disclaimer: I am not a member of the SFWA.
I am going to politely disagree.
The SFWA jumping in on the side of IDG is pure economics. Lots of their authors have books on Amazon via IDG, when Amazon decided to put the screws to IDG, their members suffer. Therefore, as an organization that represents its members, its going to support their revenue streams. Even if that revenue stream is one that you (and many others) recognize as foolish in the long run.
Yes, the authors could negotiate better contracts with publishers and authors in regards to right. Yes, they *should*.
Yes, they could work to sell ebooks themselves and sell them on their own websites. Yes, they *should*. Plenty of fine folks already do, such as the people at Book View Cafe and Baen.
But today, today, the livelihood of authors in the SFWA has been hurt by IDG not agreeing to Amazon’s terms and Amazon’s draconian response. And so the SFWA sides with them.
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