Is Self Publishing The New Garlic To Blood Sucking Traditionalists?

Recently, to my surprise, I read on the Huffington Post about a publisher that is now requiring their authors to not endorse books that are self-published.  This speaks to my last post called "4 Self Publishing Myths" on the topic of when Traditional Publishing houses act like elitists.  I know that is not always the case of a Traditional Publisher engaging in elitist tactics.  I imagine they are blinded by some perceived threat module and are trying to threaten authors from over-taking their financial gains.  A game of survival.  However, the game itself is elitist, whether they see it that way or not.  Their blindness to it still doesn't make it the good, right or fair thing to do.  The problem is that "the good, right and fair thing" to do is under threat in a number of ways in this country by those already with the upper hand who are afraid of a shift in the balance of power.  After all, this  might threaten the millions they have.  Millions, that they will never be able to spend in this lifetime.  It makes no sense to me to be so paranoid about practically inexhaustible large sums of money. Yet, it exists and its called simply "greed".  

In one sense, I do understand some of the fears.  There is an interesting element going on in the art world. The consumer no longer has to engage in full financial commitment to any one company or any one artist.  Where you once had to buy a full album of music, you can now just buy the songs you like.  Where you once you had to go to theaters or to movie rental stores, you can download and watch movies from homes for cheaper.  Where you once had to pay more for hand held books, you can download them cheaper over the internet.  I understand the impact this has on companies and artists and the relating fears.  The market of convenience for the consumer has outweighed the market of sustainability for some already established companies.   However, a tight grip onto the past is never the answer for future.  Some things must change, some things must die for new things to grow.  If you are not able to adjust and adapt, you won't survive "the battle of the fittest".  Our very survival as human beings depends on our ability to adapt to change and this is not something every business comes to grips with.  Traditional publishing houses themselves have asked their own authors to adapt to change by insisting they market themselves, for example.  Yet now, with self publishing coming well into view, they want to deny its validity.   

However, now it is time for these publishing houses to accept the change of a new element on the business stage that isn't going to go away, self publishing.  The pinch of consumers resorting to more selective purchases over the internet is not the same thing as a set of publishing houses that have millions upon millions of dollars who hold the dreams of artists in their hands and make it near impossible for their voices to be heard.  The same holds true for any artist, thus the rise in You Tube sensations and the like.  We wouldn't have our Adele's and Lady Ga Ga without it.  And in our case, as self publishing authors, the rise of self publishing is our You Tube.  What a slap in the face to the craft of writing to essentially sanction authors from supporting other authors who choose self publishing.  I am personally fed up with the choke hold traditional publishers have had over authors being seen and heard.  Do you realize the life time rejections we authors have went through, with your form letters that fill our storage boxes just as much as books we have written?  Why? Because you are overwhelmed with queries or your author que is filled?  So, we who remain in the thousands and millions should just go and die in the dark?  While your quota is filled or our writing is not a fit for "your house", our dreams die.  Do you realize the number of  books, workshops, and classes we authors have racked up credit card debt on to somehow try to fruitlessly learn your obstacle course of being heard just to get our baby out into the world?  And then, only to be rejected by one of your secretaries or readers who feel a short query letter didn't "pop" enough?  Should we, the artists, live a life of miscarriages because you cannot share space with another platform? Instead of getting with the times and perhaps expanding into the self publishing market for the better, you would rather cut the oxygen off for the every day author, where we are left to thoughts of hopefully being read after we are dead?  Sorry, but no more!  Self Publishing is here to stay and we won't be sanctioned.  I would ask authors to support their fellow self published authors regardless.  Make a stand.  Make it count.  How about showing us a little more credit and respect than playing Orwell's 1984 with us?

I read the following article on the Huffington Post recently on this very topic, and I'm curious to your thoughts on this topic. Post your comments below.

Also, I will have a new book coming out about how to self publish for less and avoiding the pitfalls in this new market. It is coming out in Oct. 2015, stay tuned!

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