I won’t be able to do much blogging between now and the end of the month. Nothing wrong, thanks.
Today’s offering, via Gordon McGregor’s twitter feed, these words from Hugh MacLeod.
I was offered a quite substantial publishing deal a year or two ago. Turned it down. The company sent me a contract. I looked it over.
Called the company back. Asked for some clarifications on some points in the contract. Never heard back from them. The deal died.
This was a very respected company. You may have even heard of it.
They just assumed I must be just like all the other people they represent – hungry and desperate and willing to sign anything.
They wanted to own me, regardless of how good a job they did.
That’s the thing about some big publishers. They want 110% from you, but they don’t offer to do likewise in return. To them, the artist is just one more noodle in a big bowl of pasta.
Their business model is to basically throw the pasta against the wall, and see which one sticks. The ones that fall to the floor are just forgotten.
Publishers are just middlemen. That’s all. If artists could remember that more often, they’d save themselves a lot of aggravation.
Go read the whole thing. Think of SoFoBoMo as a way to do something just to be doing it. Think of it as a way around the middlemen.