Writer’s Hollow…or why some things are pissing us off this week…

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Alreet,  my lovelies <<< read this in your best Richard Sharpe accent.

Here’s the thing, we were coming up dry when it came to new competitions and opportunities to tell you about this week. So, after a brief brainstorming session in the inbox, we’ve decided to talk to you about a couple of things that have recently gone down in the writing world instead.

Piece of news number one: After a lengthy battle, The Authors Guild lost their lawsuit against Google Books. U.S. Circuit Judge, Denny Chin, ruled that Google’s controversial book scanning saga was in line with the law. You see, because Google are only showing us a snippet from the books they scanned, they’re not in breach of any copyright laws. Judge Chin believes that Google Books are doing a great service in helping the arts and sciences to progress… Okay, you guys! How do we feel about this? I’ve read very mixed opinions online. There’s a lot of talk about gluttonous corporations and overreacting authors. Let us know what you think.

Piece of news number two: At the weekend,the absolutely brilliant Chuck Wendig was tweeting about how hard it was for him to arrange a book signing at his local Indie store. You can find a little of that discussion here. I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately. A couple of weeks ago, a friend approached a bookstore and was told that if she wanted to be taken seriously as an author she must pursue a career in traditional publishing. This friend has over half a dozen books published by small presses and when she’s not writing for small presses she’s working for one as an editor.  We want to know if you’ve ever come up against a wave of opposition over wanting to sign your own work? Or why you think it is that Indie stores aren’t desperately seeking authors for signings?

One last thing before we part: The Midnight Type are loving the irony of these two issues.  Loving it in that look-down-your-nose,  snort-derision-at kind of way.  One second we’re telling you about a  judge and this massive company that has a finger in every pie, but who, according to judge Chin, are ‘helping the arts to progress’ and then in the next we’re telling you that the writers of actual books, the front runners of said artistic progression are working their arses off just to be acknowledged by local book stores, and meet the patrons that actually buy and love their books. I mean, seriously???? Now, if you’ll excuse us,  we gotta go and ask a judge what more we can do to contribute to this artistic progression movement…

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