Posts tagged The Huffington Post
Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?
May 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm
Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and the promotional efforts may not even be effective. The rest of the piece was dedicated to demonizing Amazon and Google, but Nate Hoffelder at Ink, Bits, and Pixels has already done an excellent job picking apart those claims and the motives behind them, and I see no point in duplicating his...
Thanks to Sue Grafton’s elitist attitude, indie authors are fighting back
July 22, 2013 | 8:40 pm
It’s time self-published authors fight back. They’ve heard the talk for years: self-publishing doesn’t make you a ‘real’ author; it means you’re not serious; it means you’re not good enough. Some of these comments have come from literary agents and even mainstream authors. And at least one author isn’t taking it anymore. Alanna Brown (pictured at right) penned a column for The Huffington Post, likening mainstream authors to playground bullies. "Those snot-nosed, mainstream-published authors who think indie writers are not real artists just because they don't have a traditional book deal. Pooh on them, I say. Pooh! Don't listen to a single misinformed word...
Has the public perception of self-publishing finally changed?
February 11, 2013 | 12:00 pm
Self-publishing a book can come with pre-conceived notions from readers, other writers and even publishers. People used to think self-publishing a book meant it wasn’t good enough to get picked up by traditional houses. However, the stigma of self-publishing is changing. Success stories have become more and more abundant, and the shock those successes caused even five to 10 years ago is slowly beginning to dissipate. Those in the industry have watched the development closely. Smashwords founder Mark Coker began his site five years ago as an outlet for self-published authors. It started small and has grown into a site where nearly...