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gothicangel
06-16-2011, 02:26 PM
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/soa-not-fighting-authors-claims-historian.html



"We’re going through a major crisis in publishing and authors are suffering a great deal," said Dallas. "I see marginalisation and poverty and good books which are not being published. Authors are angry. The SoA could point out to the public that there has been a precipitous decline in the quality of books in the past 10 years, be vocal about it. They could question publishers over the way they are selecting books at the moment."



Writer Nicola Morgan, a former Scottish chair of the SoA, said: "I agree that life is very difficult for many writers and there is a narrowing of choice and a cheapening of what we do. There are times to speak out robustly about this and times to work more persuasively behind the scenes. What I like about the SoA is its ability to do both at the right times."

But agent Claire Alexander of Aitken Alexander branded Dallas’ stance "foolish". She said: "It’s true that the big corporate publishers are narrowing their range. But they’re businesses. And it’s never been more easy for authors to find ways to readers outside of the big publishers, through independents and through e-books and print-on-demand."

swvaughn
06-16-2011, 04:02 PM
And it’s never been more easy for authors to find ways to readers outside of the big publishers, through independents and through e-books and print-on-demand.


Oh, yes. Easy. Why, just slap that puppy up on Amazon and *POOF*! You're an instant bestseller!

...or not.

Knowing nothing about the SoA, and being rather uncertain toward writers' organizations in general, I can't comment on what they should or should not be doing.

However, it's NOT easy for authors out there right now, if you're not already established. That goes for commercial, small, indie and self-publishing. There's havoc and upheaval everywhere.

Don't know if anybody should be "responsible" for fixing it. Seems to me like it'll fix itself, eventually, one way or the other.

In the meantime... while it ain't easy, it sure is interesting. :D

swvaughn
06-16-2011, 04:03 PM
Behold the power of internet glitches, duplicating my words of *cough* wisdom...

Libbie
06-16-2011, 05:05 PM
I am in total agreement with Sonya.

Jamesaritchie
06-16-2011, 05:50 PM
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/soa-not-fighting-authors-claims-historian.html






I might buy some of this if I hadn't heard exactly the same complaints, phrased pretty much exactly the same way, about ten times a year for the last thirty years.