Terri Giuliano Long, author of the novel In Leah’s Wake, has written an article “Sticks and Stones: The Changing Politics of the Self-Publishing Stigma” which features on the IndieReader and Huffington Posts websites today. Make sure that you rock on over and read the full story here. Below is a bit of background on the story.
The article addresses the stigma indie authors have historically faced – like many minority groups, they must work twice as hard to be considered half as good. But this is changing, as talented, quality authors like those listed on this site enter the field and indie authors continue to achieve both literary and sales success.
Many of the traditionally published have not taken kindly to this success. One big name author has been said to rally fans at her readings with rants against self-publishing. Another traditionally pubbed author called indie publishing “literary karaoke.” Here’s another post: http://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/til3k/selfpublished_is_not_in_any_way_analogous_to/
Even now, despite the success of so many indie authors, traditional media rarely covers indie authors or books. John Locke, who has sold over 1 million eBooks and made a deal with Simon and Schuster cannot get traditional media notice; as a result, many paperback readers don’t know who he is and stores place his books on the back shelves.
With “Sticks and Stones” Terri hopes to bring the real issues to the surface. With your help, we can get the literary world – and traditional media! – to stand up and take notice! Make sure that you pop over there, read it and show your support.
Prejudice can only be removed by education.
What do you have to say about the prejudice against Indie and self published authors?
My thoughts are in this post on my site , check it out too.
Make sure you read Terri’s full story here.