Just like the title says, this is a minor rant. I try not to do this too often but this is one of those times where I feel the need to speak up.
I get angry whenever I hear about an author doing something stupid or unethical. A lot of times, it seems like they’re rewarded for being assholes while making the rest of us look bad. The thing that really burns me about this is the number of people who use the occasion to bash self-published authors. Some will say things like “this is why I’ll never read/review/support a book from a self-published author.”
That is utter bull crap. With all the traditionally published authors who have and will decide to self-publish their books, does this mean they are suddenly bad guys because they are self-publishing? Did their stories become less entertaining to read? Are they no longer capable of putting out a quality product and standing behind their work? Will the people talking like this stop reading and supporting their favorite author if he or she decides to self-publish their next book?
Where would we be without self-publishing and indepedent projects. Look at all the indie films that have won accolades. A lot of great music was produced without a major record label backing things. Remember all the artists who paint and draw without support from a studio, patron, or art gallery. Think about all the terabytes of truly wonderful indie content that can be found all over the web. Where would the world be without indie content?
Generalizations are bad especially ones that limit your choices. I don’t expect anyone to excuse, condone, or reward any author who does wrong or behaves badly. If an author posts phony reviews, insults a reviewer, or screws up in some way then, by all means, punish the author in question. I just don’t think you should punish every other self-published author out there or try to turn people against self-publishing and small presses. For every self-published author who is looking to game the system and make a pain of themselves, there are many more who work hard at their craft and hold themselves to high standards. Authors and their stories should be judged on an individual basis.
Okay, that’s all I got for now. I’ll be sure to post an update this week after another round of physical therapy.