Peter Darbyshire, a Canadian author and journalist (he's the book review editor with the Vancouver Province daily newspaper) has just posted an article on the future of books.
He contacted me for my thoughts and I was happy to contribute. Peter knows me as a fella with strong views on various aspects of the publishing biz and that I'm not one to pull punches. After reading his article, I decided to post a response on my blog and that short piece has already generated its share of vitriol from the wannabes and hobbyists out there who fancy themselves "real" writers because they paid a few hundred books to a vanity press to print their sub-literate tripe.
What think you? Are you an "author" because you paid to have a book to call your own or is there more to it than that? As in, the daily practice, year in and year out, of committing words to paper, "in defiance of all the world's muteness" (Nabokov).
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