Monday, May 11, 2009

Technocracy -- Phil Elmore

POD books and Information Overload
By Phil Elmore
Posted: April 30, 2009

The smells of desperation and need were heavy in the air as I stepped into the community room of my local library. I hadn't realized what it meant when I saw the sign, taped to the elevator door in the parking garage, that said, "Welcome, Authors!" As it turned out, my library was
hosting local self-published authors to help them promote their work. [...] I had broken the first rule of shopping for books: Never, ever make eye contact with a self-published author promoting his work.

Remove the gatekeepers and we simply produce ream after further ream of garbage through which consumers must sift to find the content that suits them. While some self-published authors do make it, and even see their first POD works go on to be printed by "real" companies, this is rare. The majority of POD authors' work is chaff, often incompetently written and frequently poorly edited. It gives the POD industry a bad name and makes the majority of POD authors look like what they are – writers who lack the talent, the ambition, or the connections to get published "for real."

Read Full Article Here.
I know, we have heard all this before. No Ra Ra Ra in this article, that's for certain, but all opinion is welcome, and it gives Indie authors something to prove wrong, eh? -- Cannegardner


Anonymous said...

... I felt grimy just reading that piece.

Cheryl Anne Gardner said...

Sometimes I get the feeling that people think we make the stigma out to be worse than it is, or that the "toxic waste label" is all in our heads, so sharing that article was something that had to be done. And the sad fact is, those of us who are serious about what we do are lumped together with those who aren't.

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