The Publishing Establishment’s Delusion On Self-Publishing

The Establishment’s DelusionAnother day passes, and yet again there is more self-publishing bashing by the publishing establishment’s delusion.

It is almost as if it is premeditated, and I would say that it is. Why?

Because self-published authors have become a very real threat to traditional publishing and from the publishing establishment’s perspective, the best way to fight this is with an ongoing smear campaign. Try these two articles on for smear, and delusion.

No, I don’t want to read your self-published book.
And
Why Indie Authors Must Meet Professional Production Standards – Including Cream Paper for Fiction!

What is happening here is that mainstream publishing media, which includes well-known newspapers such as the Washington Post in my first example of smear, are all part of the publishing establishment.

You can include the New York Times, LA Times, plus all of Murdoch’s tabloids and the rest of the self-publishing bashing blogs that are owned by either newspapers or the big five book publishers into the rat’s nest.

As for my second example from the Alliance of Independent Authors, it only takes a glance at the ‘About’ page to realise that this site is run by ex-members of the publishing establishment, who have jumped ship but still think they are holier than thou. After the success of self-publishing, it seems they like to have it both ways.

All of these repetitive attacks on self-published authors are smear and propaganda.

But why?

Because there would never have been an ebook market without true self-published authors.

There would never have been the Kindle without true self-published authors.

There would never have been a lowering of e-book prices without true self-published authors.

There would never have been an Amazon monopoly on e-books without true self-published authors.

There would never have been free e-books without true self-published authors.

There would never have been a battle between Hachette and Amazon without true self-published authors.

But who has made all the money from the work of true self-published authors?

Sadly, very few of the true self-published authors. However, you all did something more than mere money can’t buy. You killed the delusion of the lock keepers. But they are all a bit annoyed about it, so they continue to blame you.

To every true self-published author I say, stand up and be proud of what you have achieved, because you could not afford an editor, you could not afford a cover designer, you could not afford book marketing, you could not afford a copy editor, you could not afford champagne lunches and you published on white paper. But you sold your e-books anyway.

And that is what really continues to annoy the crap out of the establishment.

Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

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