doomsday

Prepping for the Publishing Doomsday (via @chuckwendig)

Chuck Wendig is effortlessly entertaining over at his Terrible Minds blog, and last month he posted an article to help us prepare for what I have referred to (and been mocked for referring to) as the pubpocalypse. In Chuck's words:

Publishing pinballs drunkenly between the bumpers of optimism and the flippers of holy fucking shit-hell the meteors are coming fairly regularly. The Internet is good for this: we get to see every moment as it happens and we have zero time to process it. All our processing is done out-loud, together, and mass hysteria runs rampant. Every shadow that passes over our prairie dog heads seems like a hungry hawk when it might be nothing more than a harmless vulture or a passenger plane.

Chuck throws a little bit of cooling water on these fires, an approach that comes down to:

Don’t let it get in the way of your stories.

Original here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/04/16/prepping-for-the-publishing-doomsday/

The Sky is Falling! (and a rebuttal from @jakonrath)

I try to remain mostly impartial on this blog but sometimes there are loud articles on the internet that are wrong; these are generally individuals who 'have lots of friends who are writers and they're all quitting', or others who don't believe we are in the golden age of writing (at Literarium we believe we are). One such doomsday prediction was posted to the Guardian recently by Ewan Morrison (you can find the original here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/aug/22/are-books-dead-ewan-morrison).

Ewan Morrison is so incredibly wrong about his fearmongering that Joe Konrath rebutted his article in a long-ish post so that I don't have to. Thanks Joe!

In a nutshell:

Ewan: art is doomed because everything is free; soon, there will be no more creativity IN THE UNIVERSE!

Joe: Ewan is full of crap, and here's why.

Please read Joe's rebuttal here, but do check out the original article too.