Friday, March 21, 2014

Indie eBooks Need to be Segregated - By: Michael Kozlowski

The Article

My Opinion

Stephen King once said that a professional writer is one who's been paid for their writing. He wrote the book "On Writing" to inspire and help create new and entertaining writers. King explains how he wrote for magazines while while he got rejections slips from the traditional publishing companies. The same stories they were rejecting they'd now love to publish. Did the stories somehow get better after he sold his first one to the publishing company? They'd publish anything he wrote now, and that includes stories they'd rejected before. If the current ebook platform had been available to him back then he'd have sold his stories long before he sold Carrie to the publisher.

The next Stephen King is out there, but now they don't have to wait for the traditional companies to accept them. They don't have to wait for someone's approval. They can write the book and have it right there beside the man who inspired them to write in the first place. The author of this article wants to be their rejection slip. He doesn't want the up and coming writer to have their work placed next to the established writer. Just because one has yet to be discovered doesn't mean they're not the next big thing. I've read ebooks from indie writers who're yet to be discovered and enjoyed them more than writers who've been being paid for years.

So what the author of this article is really saying is that if you haven't been discovered yet, then you're not a writer and there is no place for you at the big boy table. Under that train of thought the best promoters are the best writers. The established writer can sell garbage because of their name, but the indie with a really good story has to have their books placed in an inferior category because they're yet to be discovered. The article and the opinions this guy have show an ignorance that I find laughable.

Some of the best selling ebooks are the sex related books. These books should be right there beside Fifty Shades of Grey and all the others like it that have created the explosion of books about the topic. I'm not into those kinds of books, but that doesn't mean that nobody else should be. I know a couple of indie authors who write these type of stories, but because they haven't sold the desired number of copies yet their books should be put on the bottom shelf. The reader should have the choice to read whatever they want, and the books they choose from should be right there among each other regardless of how many copies they've sold.

Both the article and the author of this piece are BS, but I'm not telling anyone who reads this comment to never read his stuff again. I'll leave that decision up to you, the reader.


  1. Great response to this sock-puppet for traditional publishing. The goodEreader website is nothing more that a platform for Kozlowski to sing the praises of traditional publishing while claiming self-publishers are not writers. He fully supports a system where a a good writer can get jerked around for years or decades before someone in TP decides to give them a chance. F**k that, we now have a new improved model. TP suffers under the delusion that control of the printed word is their exclusive domain.

  2. Traditional publishing is not about how "good" a book is at all. Traditional publishing is about what books will sell. What will sell (or so they think) is determined by marketing studies, demographics, and all sorts of other consumer data. I could submit pure crap, and as long as it fits the desired profile it will be accepted. On the converse, I could submit the next Great American Novel and it will be rejected if it doesn't meet the publisher's projections. That's where Indie/self publishing comes in. It's a way to bypass the corporate mindset and get work out there.