Critical Linking: September 3, 2012

If after five years, you don’t sell enough books to pay yourself–let alone an employee–and you have to get a teaching job for the benefits (as Ms. Welch did), you aren’t a bookseller, you are a hobbyist.

The same logic could be applied to self-published authors, no? Or heck, how many traditionally published authors earn enough from their books alone to pay the bills? I think the number would be shockingly low.

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 “The truth of the matter,” he replies, “is that I used to be much more – as it were – shy. Now I don’t care!”

Tom Stoppard, on writing less cerebrally in his later career.

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Some people say faking reviews/buying reviews is no different to advertising and what’s the big deal? These people are fucking idiots.

Short on nuance, long on truth.

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At the end, we can embrace and love whatever we want of an author’s work. But we also can’t ignore a writer’s express wish just because we don’t happen to agree with it.

Writing matters more than writers. The moment you write something, it belongs in the world.

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