Dueling Words at Ten Paces

I had hoped to settle in and finish the first draft of my current project, but I have been sidetracked by the events of one big publisher negotiating with one big distributor on the web, so I decided to create a poster that sums it up.

If you are interested in the business of publishing, both traditional and Indie, I suggest you settle in and enjoy the business negotiation process unfolding between Hachette and Amazon, and follow along as some authors buy into the negotiations, but do check your facts before commenting, either on this site or any other site, because there are a lot of false statements floating around at the moment.

The process of one author commenting and other authors arguing against the first author reminds me of a boxing match (or a duel), with one throwing a punch (or firing a shot), and the opponent blocking, or throwing a counter punch, (or taking his time to aim and fire while the first duelist is reloading his pistol).

I may also draw some cartoons later. Enjoy the poster.




Some of the sites to follow to get a balanced view of this duel are The Passive Voice, J A Konrath, and Hugh Howey.

I hope that after another week or two, I will come to my senses and get back into writing or creating covers.

Keep writing and having fun.



4 comments so far

  1. Angela on


    I had been hearing about the Hatchette and Amazon dispute and read a couple of things. I had not read the post from Passive Voice yet. Here’s a couple I’ve read you might be interested in:


    http://barryeisler.blogspot.com/, the pertinent post is on July 3, 2014 for Eisler.

    Chuck Wendig and John Scalzi have weighed in on the matter, too. About the only thing I agree with those two on is that neither Amazon or Hatchette is my friend. They are a corporation that does whatever they have to do to make a profit. Friendship is nowhere on the horizon except in certain author’s brains who will probably get a rude awakening someday.

    Enjoyed the poster and the post, lots of fun.

    • D J Mills on

      Fun times! 🙂
      There are many posts on the Passive Voice with links back to other sites, as well as many more blogs and news articles about the business negotiations between Hachette and Amazon that I did not link to. If you have the time to waste, a google search will find many more. 🙂
      It is only a business deal, not the downfall of traditional or indie publishing. Whether Hachette wins or loses their bid for agency pricing, it is between Amazon and Hachette, not the authors, or ill-informed or just lazy journalists.
      Still, I find it fascinating watching the “movers and shakers” of the traditional publishing industry try to run a propaganda program.

  2. E.K. Carmel on

    It certainly is quite a show isn’t it? Like you, I’m fascinated every day by each new development. Can’t wait to see how it’s resolved. Of course, I suspect nobody will be happy.

    • D J Mills on

      I think that no matter how it is resolved, it will be forgotten within a month of resolution. Just like every other “event” since the rise of indies publishing ebooks and POD. 🙂

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