Thursday, April 7, 2011
Oh, Shut Up!: Indie vs. Traditional
Yes, I am indie, self-published, whatever you want to call it. (Big debate on Nathan Bransford's blog about this yesterday.)
No, I don't hate New York, agents, or traditional publishing.
Barry Eisler turned down traditional publishers to go indie! *gasp*
Amanda Hocking signed a contract with traditional publishers! *gasp*
It amazes me how much press has centered around how they are both traitors to their roots, not on the achievements and contributions both have made to the greater publishing world. Both have been asked to justify their positions. Really? Why? Let them make their business decisions without facing persecution. It isn't a big deal if they want to discuss their decisions, but they shouldn't have to defend themselves.
The readers aren't complaining and I'd say 95% of this anger stems from in-fighting.
Why can't everyone get along? Why does it have to be one or the other? Plenty of self-pubbed authors have gone on to great success in the traditional world. Others have left traditional publishing for the indie world. I want to know why writers/editors/agents/publishers can't be happy for each other.
Why? Can anyone answer me that?