Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Deirdre Knight on the RWA and E-Publishing

I'm proud to be a member of Passionate Ink, my on-line RWA chapter. But I'm not sure I'm proud to be a member of the RWA, and I'm not the only e-book author to feel that way.

Deidre Knight, herself an e-published author and the founder of The Knight Agency, has posted something at ESPAN, one of the electronic chapters of RWA. It addresses the recent RWR letter president Diane Pershing wrote concerning educating the authors who belong to the RWA. Frankly, she just doesn't get the difference between how New York, "dead tree" publishers look at things and how e-publishers look at things. And the fact that she called those of us who write e-books "published" as opposed to published really has several authors upset. In fact, in her letter she insists she understands very well, thank you, when it's quite obvious she doesn't.

Let's face it, NY pubs are starting to look at the e-pub model and wondering if they can't use some of what's there in their own business model. If the RWA can't see what the big publishing houses are beginning to see, I have to wonder about the future of the organization.

Anway, if you're interested in this issue I would take a look at Ms. Knight's article. I think you'll find it interesting. I know I did.


Amy S. said...

I tagged you on my blog for What's on your desk.


Dana Marie Bell said...

Thank you, Amy. I think this is something both print and electronic authors need to look at. Either you are published or you aren't. Telling me I'm "published" just so I can say I'm published is pretty insulting. I'm hoping her response on Friday to Ms. Knight's post will clear some of this up and show that the RWA is willing to give e-publishing the same respect paper publishing has.

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