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Just Sayin'

I'm not going to say much about the newest Authors United letter. Google it if you wish, and you'll find plenty of commentary.

But I will point out that, when claiming status as highly successful writers who should be heeded when dispensing business advice, at least one of the thousand in the group should be on the lookout for typos in PR materials.


(Why, yes, I am concerned I'll find a typo of my own the moment I hit the publish button!)

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haikujaguar
Sep. 16th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
The whole 'authors are special snowflakes who deserve more of a living than people making toasters' thing was absolutely appalling. :(
blairmacg
Sep. 16th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, that and the "You don't want to be a fascist, do you?" level of insinuation.

And the "Our sales have declined!" shock after so many urged readers not to buy anything from Amazon.

And... I better stop now. :)

No, wait, I have to add this:
Books are just like toasters. If you want one, you'll choose one you like and you'll buy it. I you don't, you won't.

As for how much work goes into building a toaster...
http://www.ted.com/talks/thomas_thwaites_how_i_built_a_toaster_from_scratch?language=en
haikujaguar
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
Inevitably, the most pushback I get during my business-for-creatives lectures is always at the 'your art becomes a product the moment you sell it for money' segment. The moment I start discussing how art is not a special snowflake, and that once it enters the market it becomes subject to market pressures, people start getting offended. I spent an entire forum thread trying to explain to a bunch of artists that yes, I understood that commissioned art results in a unique thing that is customized to the user, but no, that doesn't necessarily mean people will think it's worth more money than something they buy off the rack, because different people have different priorities...

That didn't go over well. :P
blairmacg
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! I used to have something similar happen in theater when, as a board member and director, I'd push ways to appeal to a broader audience. "It should be all about the art!" some actors would say. I'd advise them to see if their landlord would accept an interpretive dance in lieu of payment.

haikujaguar
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
*laughs at this mental image*

blairmacg
Sep. 17th, 2014 05:19 am (UTC)
I did offer that a monologue from Merchant of Venice might work. Oddly, no actor attempted either dance or monologue. ;)
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haikujaguar
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
*passes you cup of coffee* If you said too much, you said it so genteelly it was hard to take offense at it!
queenoftheskies
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I actually felt like maybe it was inappropriate, and I was over-reacting, so I went back and deleted my comment.

Thank you for understanding, though.
blairmacg
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
LOL. I already replied to the deleted comment, too. :)

queenoftheskies
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
I deleted it because I know a lot of traditionally published writers who depend on their writing income and I think they totally deserve it. I didn't want to offend them.

On the other hand, I've seen some who refused to support themselves even though they could and they think everybody owes them, so...

And, then there are those who condemn those of us who work full-time and say we're not really writers.

So, yeah, that's where I was coming from.
blairmacg
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
I completely understand where you're coming from.

I saw something on... Twitter? Facebook? the other day:
"What if 'real' writers were really people who write?" :)
queenoftheskies
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Now, wouldn't that be cool?
blairmacg
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
No, I don't think you said too much!! Many trad-pubbed and self-pubbed feel the same way. After all, I know I'm writing for a small readership, but I'm so happy to have those readers!

And yes, many who are able to sit in their little writer's cottage in the middle of 300 acres of family-owned land tend to forget that they're not owed a single bit of it.
queenoftheskies
Sep. 16th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, wouldn't that be the life?
duathir
Sep. 18th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
No one is owed anything, but those without land tend to forget it does not work itself. If 300 acres leaves you time to write, you are so rich it cannot matter whether your books sell.

blairmacg
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
Depends on the acreage and, as importantly, location. I've lived on and helped farm 130+ acres, and that land certainly did not work itself. I've also lived adjacent to 50 seaside acres that required little more than a regular stroll-through to ensure no one had set up camp within it. :)

Interestingly, the land needing work, the farmland, costs much, much less per acre than the land that is not in need of much work.
duathir
Sep. 22nd, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
You are right, of course. I know a family that owns thousands of acres in eastern Washington, of land too barren even for range cattle. They would be rich if they sold it to the government, but they will not, so they are poor. That land requires nothing of them but property taxes and EPA compliance - surely far less of both than seaside acres would call for.
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