You know, I would just love to see authors finally see the new age where they are treated as the most valuable part of publishing.
Authors United has been spectacularly unsuccessful in its supposed mission to get Amazon and Hachette to agree a deal.
By contrast, Simon & Schuster was able to agree a deal in just three weeks – without the intervention of Douglas Preston’s group.
To be fair, Authors United has been very good at one thing: getting media attention.
Perhaps it’s time for Douglas Preston to widen the aims of the group and start campaigning on issues which actually matter.
It would be great if Authors United could get the media to focus on any of these problems. Alternatively, Authors United could continue to focus on propping up a broken system which only rewards those at the very top (like Douglas Preston, surprisingly).
1. Diversity in Publishing
Publishing is very white and very middle class. And, at the upper echelons, often very male too. One of the many knock on effects of…
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