A List of Things Scott Turow Doesn’t Care About

I wanted to share this interesting and rather pointed post from David Gaughran. Clearly shows that Scott Turow and possibly the Author’s Guild have their heads planted firmly in the sand when it comes to self-publishing. What do you think?

David Gaughran

turowquoteScott Turow woke up from his slumber recently to bark nonsense about Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads on the Authors Guild blog, before being thoroughly eviscerated in the comments.

Undeterred, Turow sought out the considerably larger platform of the New York Times’ Op-Ed pages on Monday to decry The Slow Death of the American Writer.

On reading the latter, my first thought was: if Scott Turow didn’t spend so much time hating Amazon and pretending self-publishing didn’t exist, maybe he wouldn’t be so depressed.

It’s easy to poke fun at Scott Turow’s views. A child could de-construct his arguments, while laughing at how a practicing lawyer is unable to grasp the definition of the word “monopoly.” If you want a proper debunking of his Op-Ed, Techdirt do a good job, but I think there’s no real point attempting to engage Turow on this issue. His hatred of Amazon and…

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5 thoughts on “A List of Things Scott Turow Doesn’t Care About

  1. lynnecantwell7 says:

    I think the Author’s Guild is in bed with the Big Five (Four?) — that’s what I think. Also, Gaughran did a great job in ferreting out what their executive director makes, and making the point that it’s way more than most authors make.

  2. Jen Daniele says:

    Considering Turow didn’t start out as a starving author, how could he possibly understand how important these other publishing options are to the rest of us (and especially to people like me who haven’t figured out which way to go yet)? Maybe if I’d started out in a well-paying career and then got a lucky break at a time when there was pretty much just the one way to become a successful author, I may not quite get the whole eBook thing, either. But then I’d probably keep my ignorance to myself.
    Thanks for posting this, Laurie. It set me on a journey of seemingly endless links today, which wasn’t as fun as rewriting scenes as I’d planned to do, but you gotta eat your veggies, too, eh?

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