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1 Romantic Heretic  Jan 4, 2015 10:48:53am

One writer I know lost 75% of her revenues due to Unlimted.

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“In the old days, you had to type the story on actual paper,” said Michael Henderson, a former lawyer now living in Venice, Italy. “Make your changes and retype it, or hire someone to do it. It was a herculean effort to get a 400-page manuscript ready. Now any monkey with a computer can do it in hours. Shazam, everyone is a writer.”

I have a mild motor control problem and typing is very tricky. Not exactly difficult, but tricky.

When I tried writing on a typewriter it wasn’t uncommon for every second word to require a correction. So a single page was often more than an hour’s work. Needless to say when writing is such a chore I didn’t do much of it.

Writing is much, much easier with a computer. I couldn’t write without one.

So, Mr. Henderson. You can take your sour grapes and shove them up your ass.

2 Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 4, 2015 7:29:44pm

re: #1 Romantic Heretic

I think the point he was making is that because of how easy it is to publish on Amazon, the quality of the products suffers. Anyone can write a piece of garbage, publish it as an ebook and call themselves an author. There are literally 1000s of terribly written ebooks on Amazon and elsewhere.

3 Romantic Heretic  Jan 4, 2015 9:01:28pm

re: #2 Eclectic Cyborg

This I am aware of.

As a member of the kink community, and writer of kinky erotica, one of the most jaw dropping events is that a piece of absolute dreck like Fifty Shades of Grey is a best seller.

I’m regarding ebooks as rather like movies. They are still rather a novelty and the equipment is cheap enough that any one can make a short movie. Most of which suck big time but few people notice because of the novelty.

The fact that writers need to serialize their work to keep their audience is like the serials that so many theatres showed back before WWII.

Eventually that changed as people preferred quality work, or even reasonably competent dreck, to the deluge of crap that characterized early moving pictures. People wanted good movies and didn’t spend money on bad ones.

The same will happen with ebooks. I just hope it doesn’t take the fifty years it took movies to be consistently competent.


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