More Gatekeeping? Sisyphus Could Relate

Image: iStockphoto - Arden Schmidt
Image: iStockphoto – Arden Schmidt


By Porter Ander­son | @Porter_Anderson

Ether for Authors: More Gatekeeping? Sisyphus Could Relate

[dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]T[/dropcap]There was some understandable rejoicing in the UK’s self-publishing camp this week, as word was put about that the Bristol CrimeFest next May will include a “self-publishing/hybrid crime fiction author” on one of its panel discussions, “Emerging Indie Voices: Crime Fiction From the Edge.”

Bristol CrimeFestWord of this comes from a submission form for the spot. Independent authors are invited to apply for the seat as one of four panelists, “with the aim of bringing quality, new crime authors to the attention of avid readers.”

Now, depending on where you stand (or fall, as it were) on the Digital Adoption Spectrum (I made that up, don’t Google it), this development may strike you as a breakthrough or as evidence of things moving too slowly, with entrepreneurial authors becoming steadily more influential in publishing.

Lest anybody want to propose that the UK is “behind” the US on these things, note that last weekend, the New England Crime Bake near Boston included a seminar titled “The Attack of the eBook: The Book Business Goes Digital.”

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