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(Slate)   Any idiot can write a book, says online magazine writer   (slate.com) divider line 7
    More: Ironic, George Packer, Amazon, Thomas Piketty, Jeff Bezos  
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2014-02-11 08:34:47 AM  
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AliceBToklasLives: Boojum2k: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: /Science fiction.//up to 26,000 words now.

I could give you a review on it in less than 15 minutes.

I could give you a review in about 2 1/2 hours.


This reminds me of Woody Allen: "I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia."
2014-02-10 08:39:27 PM  
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cptjeff: Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to take a chunk out of "Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson", by William Rehnquist. 1992, cardboard binding with cloth spine. Reads like his judicial opinions, which is to say that it's pretty clearly and concisely written.


Or weighty and hard to set aside.
2014-02-10 08:07:27 PM  
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AliceBToklasLives: Boojum2k: I read at about 2500 words per minute

Damn. I probably read 250 words a minute.  Maybe.  You realize it's not a race, right?


That's way slow, dude. Stop subvocalizing.
2014-02-10 06:59:49 PM  
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kitsuneymg: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: mephox: To be fair, he's right.

It's true. Really, until you've seen the slushpile of what is submitted to publishers, you can't believe it. 140 page long books that are a single run-on sentence. Books that are written in all caps. Hundreds of pages of racist screeds and books that people will swear up and down were written through them by Jesus or God or King Arthur.

As someone who once had the glamorous "job" of  shifting through story submissions for fanfiction to EquestriaDaily for around a year, I can tell you that this is so true. People, if you can call them that, don't do even the most basic of proofing before hitting send. Having *any* kid of gatekeeper, even self-important grammar nazis and opinionated jackasses who passed HS English, really helps take a pool of "literature" from "absolute shiat" to "maybe I can get the smell out of I scrub hard enough."

When there is a very low barrier to entry, you get the full force of Sturgeon's law compounded. Take a look at fanfiction.net or, god forbid, FimFiction and you can easily see that 99.9% of what people think is good enough to share with others is absolutely not worth the bits it took to upload. And it's not unique to fanfiction. You just almost never see original stuff that never makes the cut at the publisher.

As someone who's managed to sell  hardback prints (and make enough to have to fill out a schedule C this year) of his poor excuse for a story, I'm getting a kick out this.

2014-02-10 06:36:09 PM  
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2014-02-10 06:31:05 PM  
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Amazon's self-publishing will do to books what the easy availability of news and political blogs will do to journalism.

/ wait a minute...
2014-02-10 06:28:51 PM  
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FTFA: " But gatekeepers are also barriers against the complete commercialization of ideas, allowing new talent the time to develop and learn to tell difficult truths. When the last gatekeeper but one is gone, will Amazon care whether a book is any good?"

The gatekeepers(publishers) have been the driving force behind commercializing ideas and wringing any life or creativity or originality out of a work, pretending that traditional publishers are some kind of noble defenders of true literature and art is insultingly dishonest.

It's too bad that Amazon doesn't give people a way to tell if the content of a book is any good, some sort of rating or public review process maybe?
 
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