But There Are No Editors, And It’s Mostly Horrible!

That’s supposed to be the problem with e-publishing.

Frankly, it makes me wonder if the person complaining has picked up a random book lately and noticed that even the really big named books have basic spelling and grammar errors, or if he’s familiar with Sturgeon’s Law. (Going to rehash a bit of that page here; Sturgeon’s Law is “90% of everything is crud,” phrased in response to someone standing up and telling him that 90% of science fiction was crud.)

Here is a published but not-a-big-name writer venting about the guts of the system, from the inside, followed by this:

THIS model. THIS MODEL is what the bright eyed harbingers of the establishment, the blue eyed boys of privilege want me to get maudlin about. Both as a reader and as a writer, let me say RIGHT NOW that I’m not going to.

She points out that she doesn’t know what epublishing will do, how it will be and so on, but she does know that the current publishing setup is fat and lazy.  (Abusive in fact, as her extended metaphor shows.)  Alright, so the “employee” side thinks the business is in trouble.  Turns out that the “boss” side agrees that publishers need to change if they’re going to stay afloat– to quote, after following the links, “book publishing needs to return to the simple task of connecting readers and writers.”

Hm, sounds like fanfiction.net, but with a budget.

If they’re smart, they’ll look at Baen’s library (and authors) and work on making it easy for folks to do the promoting and selecting for them– say, the way that Maureen pointed me to Embers.


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