Unfair to Authors

Posted On Aug 6 2014 by

One of my favorite phrases is “that’s unfair.” We all used it when we were kids, usually applying to a lack of TV watching time past midnight. Now I hear it bandied about in self-publishing circlels, as if that is the key to our lack of sales or super-stardom. And I’ll answer it the same way my father responded to me when I lamented over the unfairness of his dictatorial rules: No, it’s not fair, it’s life. Too simplistic? Possibly. True? Definately. The word “fair” does not apply to love, war, or business. We are here for one reason: to …


Clear Cutting the Authors

Posted On Jul 31 2014 by

I read a book called The Hunt way back when I was a teenager. In it, the author interviews a Northern Michigan hunter who was old enough to remember the earlier part of the 20th century. The man had driven out to his favorite deer hunting woods, only to find it had been deforested. He got out of his car, walked out into the raped landscape, sat on a stump, and just cried. What does this have to do with writing and authors? What I see going on within the publishing industry is similar to the early methods of logging …