Like a lot of people online (and off), I’ve been following the Hachette Vs. Amazon fight. I’ve not chosen sides because to me it’s like watching Target fight with Walmart. They’re both big. They both have a lot of money. The fight is evenly matched, though one tries to make itself seem like an underdog. (Because let’s face it, everyone likes to cheer for the underdog in any fight.) But the truth is that both these companies are worth BILLIONS. They don’t need our help in this fight, which is why I find it distressing that so many authors are signing petitions.
I’m particularly upset that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America is urging its members to sign up against Amazon. I’d been on the fence about renewing my membership to SFWA. They’ve never really been particularly good for fantasy writers, especially women fantasy writers, but this latest move tipped me over the edge. I cannot support an organization that is not looking out for ALL its members.
One of my friends has lost the buy link to her book on Amazon because of this business negotiation. And that’s really what this is A BUSINESS NEGOTIATION. Do you think that will stop me from buying her book when it comes out? Hell no! I’ll go wherever I have to in order to get it. Does this affect her preorders? Absolutely! Her PUBLISHER should take that into consideration. Will they? Doubtful. That’s just how traditional publishing works.
I like Amazon and I like traditional publishing. I get paid better by Amazon, but by no means do I think they are perfect. I want EVERYONE to stay in business. It’s why I also sell my books on Kobo, Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Once I get everything prepared, I’ll also sell my books on Google Play. Diversification is the key. I go where the readers are and I’ll use any means at my disposal to reach them. Readers don’t care about who publishes the books. All readers care about is if they can get the quality books they want for an affordable price. Hell, that’s all “I” care about when I buy books. And I buy a LOT of books every year.
I don’t think authors are doing themselves any favors by jumping into this fight. And no one should be urging readers to jump into this mess. We are in the entertainment industry. Do I want to make a living from my work? Absolutely. It’s my job to write the best book I can, ensure it’s produced professionally, and then make sure as many readers as possible can find it. That’s it! Rinse and repeat. I’ll leave everything else to the heavy weights, since they’re the ones who have the time, legal departments, and deep enough pockets to truly do battle.