Okay, folks, normally Norman Spinrad and I don’t tend to see things the same. For my tastes, he complains a little too much, and I’m sure he doesn’t like me for varied reasons personal to him. But his current blog post is a very clear take on what many writers have been talking about with traditional publishing. Norman is calling it a death spiral, ordering to net, whatever.
He is spot on the money, and in his comments, he also addresses why he won’t just change names as many writers do and keep going. Pride, of course, a long career of course, but also overseas publishers in his current home country of France.
Note, he’s 70 and not writing under pen names, I’m 60 and writing under a bunch of pen names and doing just fine, not counting moving quickly to electronic publishing. We are two very, very different long-term professional writers. Keep that in mind.
Older experienced writers going into New York have it much, much harder after being around for a time, something we are talking about in comments on the last cows post. That’s a hard concept for many to realize and a topic of an upcoming Sacred Cows chapter. Norman talks some about this from the publishing side. Worth the read right here.