Something Has to Be Said
by Eve Mattel
II have been in this business for umpteen years and have seen the course of how this business has changed. I liken the industry of literature to the housing market. Just like the real estate market has experienced a boom where people thought they could make a killing with short-term investments, flipping properties they would never live in, publishing experienced the same explosion of opportunistic greed. Hundreds of independent presses popped up all over the place and began to court the massive population of writers fighting for a small niche in the dwindling space on store’s bookshelves. The savvy, reputable independent presses exercised strict quality control, recognizing writing as a talent and that not everyone has it. It was, and still is, the significant number of self-publishing and subsidiary publishers out on the market that have destroyed quality control and have flooded the market with inferior works. Dare I go on with this lambasting?
First of all, I must say this, and I can’t say it loud enough. Just because someone writes doesn’t mean he is a writer. Just because someone wants to be a writer doesn’t make him a writer either. And just because someone has been published doesn’t make him an accomplished writer. I used to think a writer wasn’t an author until he was published. Now I believe the opposite. It is so easy to become published these days that being “an author” isn’t an accomplishment. It only means someone had the money to self-publish or sign on to a subsidiary publisher with poor quality control. Most of these people will never see a return on their investment unless they do all the legwork for marketing. They will rarely get picked up by a distributor or reviewed by a reputable source. Even mentioning who their “publisher” is will be met with disdain and a chuckle behind their backs.
The Wolf Pirate Project began as a publisher in 2007, under the name of Wolf Pirate Publishing. We had high ideals about getting great books out on the market, seeing them on bookshelves, changing the image of the small press. We were going to revolutionize the industry. We were going to take the world by storm, putting out only the best of the best. We soon learned that we’d come into existence a little too late. The damage had already been done to the industry. No amount of song and dance was going to change that. We were lumped with the rest of small, independent publishers. We weren’t even given the time of day.
It didn't take long for us to understand why.
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