>Like CBS, I Care
In my post yesterday, I stated that I’m doing okay in ePub, and
…okay is by my own standards, because I’m the only one who can determine my level of happiness, satisfaction or whatever.”
Natalie responded by asking me
“…if that statement was true, why did I care so much about what others thought, and why was I so bothered…” by the anal behavior of snobs.
I thought about her question, and the first word that came to mind was justice.
I’m all about justice and equality for individuals. I don’t care who you are, what your job, we all deserve respect. I’m just as pleasant and respectful to the guy emptying a garbage can in my building as I am to a member of the Governor’s cabinet. I don’t treat one better than the other. Everyone deserves consideration, and because justice is something I see so seldom in the real world, I feel compelled to at least take a stand about something I believe in.
My Principles, Damned If I Do
For me, it’s about principles. I have them, and like my opinions, I stick to them, even when they land me in hot water. I don’t give a damn what the snotty writers who look down on ePubs think about me. However, I do care, and I care very much, how their snot-nosed attitudes affect other ePub writers. Other ePub writers who aren’t as strong willed as me, who don’t have as thick a skin as me and who are afraid to spit at their own shadow for fear of offending these self-righteous prigs.
I’m a snob myself at certain points in time, although it’s usually reverse snobbery in my case. However, I freely admit to myself and people I talk to that I’m being a snob at that moment in time. Few people can or are able to do that. Usually, once I admit to my snobbery, I’m able to adjust my opinion and change. Then there’s the fact that I’m Italian. It’s not an excuse, it simply is. Vendettas are a way of life for us, Italians don’t forget a kindness, nor do they forget a wrong.
Most importantly, the ego is a difficult thing to control. Ego is another driver of my passionate zeal for certain topics. Removing one’s ego from the picture is not an easy task to accomplish. In fact, it’s damn hard. Few people excel at it. I’ve only met a couple who have that wonderful ability. I believe Erica is one such individual. I admire her ability in this area, as I do another friend, Cathryn. Both of these women have shown me what it’s like to release ego, but Italians are stubborn. So it’s a learning process for me, this channeling my passion in a different way.
It All Started
In all honesty, I’d managed to cool down and had been working off-line with another writer about ways to help improve RWA’s offering to writers like me. I’d even been thinking about that article Natalie suggested I write for RWR. But I got back onto this snit again, because another writer who had disdained ePubs for a long time finally sold to an ePub. I thought it was great for the writer. However, I was left with the impression that this individual wasn’t all that happy with having sold a book to an ePub. I’m going, huh? So why the hell did you bother to submit the book let alone sign a frigging contract with an ePub?
I was left thinking, “hey, it’s tough enough for ePub writers already, please don’t generate the impression that you’re ashamed of the fact that you sold to an ePub. If people who sell to an ePub don’t proudly announce it, then it simply reinforces the stigma attached to this section of the industry.” It reminded me of the erotic romance/erotica writers who proudly say, “I write damn good smut.” They say this as if somehow they’re making the word legit, when all they’re really doing is solidifying the idea that romance with sex in it is nothing more than one of those porn books you can buy in an adult book store, and having read some of those porn books (DO NOT ASK! LOL) , I can assure you that erotic romance and erotica aren’t anything at all like porn books.
Patrick Henry Would Be Proud
As far as I’m concerned, I’m simply following Jenny Crusie’s
of standing on principle and standing by friends. I know a number of ePub authors who do not speak up for this reason or that. However, I do know how they feel about being sneered at and getting no respect. So because I’m a loud mouth, because I’ve got a forum of my own, and because I’ve got knowledge, I vocalize my opinion. All I mean to do is to keep the topic on top of the pile as oppose to burying it. I’d like to think I’m the Patrick Henry of ePub writers. A voice like the suffragettes fighting for the vote. A voice like Jenny Crusie. A writer willing to stand up for something in life, instead of just sitting back on my thumbs and muttering about it under my breath. Besides, it’s been scientifically proven that primeval screaming is good for releasing negative energy. So this blog is my primeval screaming. *grin*