Mira wrote:You don't alienate your customer base.
I think Zoe is pointing out that people who expect her to write for free or to write a whole novel for 99 cents, and then value it so little that they don't even read it (more on that in a moment) aren't
her customer base. Is her position really that different from an author taking the time to identify a target audience and writing to it? One of the biggest mistakes newer writers can make is to think they are writing to every reader. That's a recipe for putting together something no one
Mira wrote:Besides, alot of these assertions are made up. There is no proof that there is a 'hoarding' type of reader, or that 99 cent buyers don't have loyalty, or that those who buy for 99 dollars have loyalty, or of any of these other assertions.
Maybe you need to start reading more into the topic before you accuse people of making things up. I've seen numerous posts on this on a variety of blogs where people are admitting they themselves
do this. I suggest checking out blogs and interviews with Konrath, Lieske, Winters, Selene....gosh, last name...Kitt?, Robin Sullivan (wife of Michael Sullivan). The comment section on Konrath's blog runs long but can be quite educational.
Mira wrote:And even if it were true, things aren't static. A reader who may buy and hoard (if this even happens??) may turn into a different type of reader someday.
With things changing at such an extreme rate, everything, including this, is possible.
Mira wrote:The point is that any reader strengthens the industry.
Assuming they are actually reading, enjoying the book, talking about the book, and not treating it like a throw-away. Or are you suggesting that the Wal-Martization of industry has been good for anyone's industrial base but China's? Any consumer is a good consumer? Cheaper is always better. No item should ever
have a cost actually reflective of the actual
cost of production, either in materials or time? Something for nothing, yay!
Mira wrote:To be more intense and controversial, I honestly think this type of argument is a holdover from the elitist perspective on books. Publishing has traditionally been elite and exclusive, and that includes distribution of books. The traditional reader base is white, middle class or higher, educated, articulate. The majority of books are not targeting the lower classes, the less educated and people of color, for the most part.
Intense and controversial indeed, connecting certain behaviors and their criticism to a race/class issue. That's a level of assumption I wouldn't be confortable with. If you want a writer to write for free and generally want to degrade authors, you must be low class or a person of color, and the people who don't like it must be stuffy rich white people.
Mira wrote:This needs to change. Books distribution needs to be inclusive.
needs to be inclusive? That's more of a geographic issue than anything else. Just ask someone from Eastern Europe. Guardian might be able to comment in inclusiveness in distribution.
Mira wrote:If people have an issue with the 99 cent point base, take it up with other authors, not with readers!
I don't think anyone is taking it up with the readers. Several of the authors have just decided they are going for a different target audience, which does not exclude
anyone else from purchasing their book, and certainly not on the basis of class or skin color.
I have to admit I find it really odd that not that long ago indie authors were great, fighting the power of the evil white men running the Big 6. Now, if an indie author gets uppity about not writing for free or being professional enough to even understand the concept of a 'target audience', the author is an evil rich white person out to get the lower classes and people of color. Wow.