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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kinky Writers and Publishers


A traditional writer waits for a traditional publisher to consider her submission, maybe for a very long time, maybe for years ... but heaven help anyone who wants to do things any differently. Image source: Sex and Submission.com.

Writers who write for traditional publishers give me the creeps. Well, not all of them, but a lot of them. I think it's the same feeling a feral wolf might have for a domestic poodle. Something is seriously wrong about them, and I think Anne R. Allen put her finger on it in her blog post, Has Publishing Become A Kinky Game? Traditional writers (defined here as writers who do not self-publish via ebooks but work strictly through the medium of traditional dead tree publishers) are masochists with bad cases of Stockholm Syndrome, says Allen, and I completely agree.

Now let me make something clear. I have NO problem with sexual masochists, especially with the ones who are submissives first and mashochists second. They are fun people. They are playing a game they enjoy, for the pleasure they get from it, just as the sadists and dominants they play with are. I get that. Most of all, they don't, for the most part (might be some exceptions, I dunno) think others should be masochists/submissives. They understand that they are responding to the promptings of their natures, and that others do not necessarily have similar natures.

Traditional writers are more like whipped dogs who've been beaten into Stockholm syndrome, and who are outraged when they come across writers who don't share their pathology. They're like little yappy dogs who bark and snarl at dogs they see on the street through their French doors. And yap and snarl they do. Anne Allen relates that after she encouraged writers to write Amazon reviews, she was deluged with attempts at shaming, bullying, and even death threats. I've had similar responses from traditional writers (though no death threats) for similar reasons.

And that's the thing, the traditional writers think their whipped-dog Stockholm Syndrome ethos is All That With A Cherry on Top and attack writers who dare advocate things like submitting manuscripts to more than one publisher at a time as if they were advocating eating babies on national holidays. They're kind of a wet, soggy lump of stupid in the middle of the writing profession, clogging it up for more self-actualized writers.

Hopefully they'll vanish or at least as ebook sales continue to make inroads on traditional publishing, become a very small minority. Right now, they're still an enormous mass of losers whom I am not pleased to be associated with.


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