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The Suspense Author
10-28-2015, 02:34 AM
The ones that run the site and/or admin the site clearly should know by now what is good and what is bad in the publishing world. I believe that they should start a publishing company. I just feel like they would do a good job.

Filigree
10-28-2015, 03:51 AM
That doesn't mean they should do so, or would even want to. Various AW groups will do charity anthologies from time to time, and watching those happen - or not - has been educational.

RedRajah
10-28-2015, 04:06 AM
The world could use more pubs...hic!

Wait, that's not what you meant?

Helix
10-28-2015, 04:21 AM
The ones that run the site and/or admin the site clearly should know by now what is good and what is bad in the publishing world. I believe that they should start a publishing company. I just feel like they would do a good job.

You know who else knows what's good and bad in the publishing world? Successful publishing companies.

ETA: For clarification, "successful publishing company" does not include author mills and vanity publishers. Because I just know someone's going to go "But Publish America..."

T Robinson
10-28-2015, 04:23 AM
In their shoes, I would consider it a conflict of interest (in the sense that their "core business" is maintaining this advice/forum site) that would open up the potential for lots of problems. IMO

jjdebenedictis
10-28-2015, 04:40 AM
The world could use more pubs...hic!

Wait, that's not what you meant?That's what I was thinking. "Ooh, like the cantina except with real alcohol! Yes, that'd be lovely--but how would we get everyone physically together?"

As for the OP, I think the site owners are pretty savvy, but they're responsible for only a tiny bit of the wisdom found here. A loooooot of published authors and publishing professionals wander in and out of here, educating us all. :)

BenPanced
10-28-2015, 04:47 AM
Mac has enough problems corralling us as casual users of her space.

jjdebenedictis
10-28-2015, 05:21 AM
Mac has enough problems corralling us as casual users of her space.Now imagine if we were all drunk. ALL OF US. (I realize some of us are.) And then imagine us all fretting over our contracts. WHILE DRUNK. Because if there are three things writers do, it's write, and drink, and fret.

JetFueledCar
10-28-2015, 05:28 AM
Now imagine if we were all drunk. ALL OF US. (I realize some of us are.) And then imagine us all fretting over our contracts. WHILE DRUNK. Because if there are three things writers do, it's write, and drink, and fret.

Does "all of us" include the people who aren't yet 21 (or whatever the legal drinking age is in their country)?

I agree it would be a conflict of interest. Almost as bad as if Victoria Strauss started up a publishing company.

Osulagh
10-28-2015, 05:31 AM
In their shoes, I would consider it a conflict of interest (in the sense that their "core business" is maintaining this advice/forum site) that would open up the potential for lots of problems. IMO
What I thought. Especially community problems.

Because if there are three things writers do, it's write, and drink, and fret.
And inhale copious amounts of nicotine and possibly other substances.

...and doggy treats.

Cathy C
10-28-2015, 05:34 AM
Because we're soooo bored running this place! :roll:

Helix
10-28-2015, 05:40 AM
Because we're soooo bored running this place! :roll:

Well, quite. It's not as if you've got anything else to do. Like write books etc etc.

Otoh, how much time and effort would it take to run a publishing company. It's all sit back in a leather armchair with a gin and tonic, shuffle some slush and wait for the $$$$$ to roll in, right?

JetFueledCar
10-28-2015, 05:42 AM
Plus, if they did start up a publishing company, they'd have to pick which genres they'd accept, because they know far too much to just accept everything. And then there would be schisms and flame wars in the Water Cooler between those who could submit to the AW press and those who couldn't.

Helix
10-28-2015, 05:45 AM
Plus, if they did start up a publishing company, they'd have to pick which genres they'd accept, because they know far too much to just accept everything. And then there would be schisms and flame wars in the Water Cooler between those who could submit to the AW press and those who couldn't.

Ooh, yes!

Fiction factions.

Fiction friction.

JetFueledCar
10-28-2015, 05:47 AM
Ooh, yes!

Fiction factions.

Fiction friction.

Would that make nonfiction nonfriction?

Helix
10-28-2015, 05:51 AM
Would that make nonfiction nonfriction?

Everyone rubbing along smoothly?

JetFueledCar
10-28-2015, 05:54 AM
Everyone rubbing along smoothly?

:roll:

Irish Whiskey
10-28-2015, 09:26 AM
Now imagine if we were all drunk. ALL OF US. (I realize some of us are.) And then imagine us all fretting over our contracts. WHILE DRUNK. Because if there are three things writers do, it's write, and drink, and fret.

True... but the key is to drink the fretting gone.

jjdebenedictis
10-28-2015, 10:59 PM
Does "all of us" include the people who aren't yet 21 (or whatever the legal drinking age is in their country)?Well, presumably you drink something, or you'd be dead. Tea? Red Bull? Granted, neither of these things make you drunk, but caffeine is very helpful with the fretting, I find.

JetFueledCar
10-28-2015, 11:02 PM
Well, presumably you drink something, or you'd be dead. Tea? Red Bull? Granted, neither of these things make you drunk, but caffeine is very helpful with the fretting, I find.

Red Bull. The younguns will be high on caffeine, the rest of us drunk off our collective asses. That should be sufficiently nightmarish for the publishers/admins.

RedRajah
10-28-2015, 11:03 PM
Red Bull. The younguns will be high on caffeine, the rest of us drunk off our collective asses. That should be sufficiently nightmarish for the publishers/admins.

It will give the term "slush pile" a whole new meaning...

KTC
10-28-2015, 11:04 PM
I would submit my soon-to-be-classic Pull My Muffin under my pseudonym Crotch McRocket.

The Suspense Author
10-29-2015, 01:02 AM
I thought of the conflict of interest lol it was just a thought.

MacAllister
10-29-2015, 06:58 AM
Heh. While I appreciate the vote of confidence, there's a lot more to being a good publisher than knowing what NOT to do -- just like there's more to being a great house-builder than knowing you shouldn't use crazy-glue instead of nails to put the walls together.

Perks
10-29-2015, 04:18 PM
Fiction friction.That would be the porn arm of the business.

KTC
10-29-2015, 04:20 PM
That would be the porn arm of the business.

It should encompass the whole body.