Look out Cleveland!
The NYSlimes, I mean Times, has this piece in the business section today where it lets tradpub people bemoan their self-created fate.Amazon Signs Up Writers, Leaving Publishers As Wallflowers At The Dance
“Everyone’s afraid of Amazon,” said Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. “If you’re a bookstore, Amazon has been in competition with you for some time. If you’re a publisher, one day you wake up and Amazon is competing with you too. And if you’re an agent, Amazon may be stealing your lunch because it is offering authors the opportunity to publish directly and cut you out.
“It’s an old strategy: divide and conquer,” Mr. Curtis said.
Huh. I thought Amazon was just trying to sell books, unlike publishers who God only knows what their plan has been for the last 30 years, now we learn Jeff Bezos is the reincarnation of Attila the Hun and is dividing and conquering and multiplying the income of numerous writers. What a bad dude!
You know what we have yet to hear? Some writer complaining how mean Amazon is to them (besides me with that whole objet/objects thing).
They do mention Riverhead suing Kiana Davenport. Way to go, Riverhead, that will ingratiate your company into the hearts of lots of writers who are on the fence about epubbing themselves. They're making themselves look like the idiots they actually are. How embarrassing and how embarrassing that they don't realize how they're embarrassing themselves.
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