Here’s a link to yet another idiot in love with the straight-line-projection, declaring that professional writers are doomed.
He makes the following assumptions:
- That 100% of people, giving a choice between stealing something and paying for it, will steal it.
- That the shitbags who steal from torrent sites would have actually paid for the books had the torrents not been available.
- That quality has no virtue, and that no writer will be good enough to warrant the support of readers enthusiastic enough about their work to PAY them, rather than stealing from them.
- That publishers somehow PROTECT writers, and that left in the wild, no writers will be able to survive.
This article is generating some worried discussion on the How To Think Sideways Renegade Marketing board. (Members only, so no link).
Now read my counterargument.