Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.” | M.A. Kropp

via Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.” | M.A. Kropp

I agree with what it says at the end of the article.

“We’re working here, just like everybody else. And, just like everybody else, we deserve to be paid for that work.”

I’d say to that deluded reader who was so abusive this – walk a mile in our shoes, and see how much work goes into the creation of single book. It is not simply a case of write down a story, push a button and be done with it, and it’s a book all the sudden. It takes week, or months, of work for an author, a book designer, a proofreader, an editor, a layout designer, and many more that I can’t even list here.

When J.K. Rowling had her first novel accepted, a gap of several years existed between when she got her signature on the dotted line, and when that book got into print.

We are independent authors, and therefore WE do everything that the traditional publishing houses have teams for. WE need to do all the work, from writing, to organising the editing, to getting it ready for printing, to marketing and SELLING the book…

WE do all this work, and it can take months for this process to complete, in which we got bills to pay just like that solitary reader who had the cheek to call out “Your books are so good, I shouldn’t have to pay for them”. Well, I got news for you, reader (whomever you were that said this cheeky thing). If you don’t buy any of OUR books, we don’t have the finance  to invest into the next book that we’re writing which needs an author, a book designer, a proofreader, an editor, a layout designer, and anything else that’s needed to get book two out of the door.

I applaud M.A. Kropp for taking this stance, and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with her, and I am sure that every person who reposts his article can show their support too, and all those who re-tweet my blog posts can do the same…

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