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Well I hate to say it, but Hachette found their leader, a best-selling leader, and he shows himself to be a complete moron.  Rather than spend the time bashing the foolish writers who decided to take a stand against Amazon with big ads in the newspaper and speeches at book expos in order to collect their royalty checks, I am going to name for you THE WRITERS WHO SIDE WITH AMAZON, THE WRITERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, THE HEROES OF PUBLISHING:

  • H.M. Ward
  • Hugh Howey
  • Data Guy
  • Barry Eisler
  • Bob Mayer
  • Kris Rusch
  • David Gaughran
  • Passive Guy
  • Dean Wesley Smith
  • Joanna Penn
  • Amanda Hocking
  • Bella Andre
  • Selena Kitt
  • Blake Crouch
  • Mark Coker
  • Darcie Chan
  • C.J. Lyons
  • L.J. Sellers
  • Marie Force
  • Liliana Hart
  • Courtney Milan
  • Russell Blake
  • Michael J. Sullivan
  • Theresa Ragan
  • Jeff Bezos and Amazon

Here are some great links so you can educate yourself:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/04/war-on-amazon-publishing-writers

http://jakonrath.blogspot.ca/2014/05/james-patterson-bea-fail.html

http://www.hillaryrettig.com/2013/12/13/joe-konrath-barry-eisler-vs-authors-guild-old-school-publishing/

http://www.jennycrusie.com/for-writers/essays/a-writer-without-a-publisher-is-like-a-fish-without-a-bicycle-writers-liberation-and-you/

I want to leave you with the words of James Patterson himself, so you can see the kind of stupidity he is spouting off:

“Patterson: If this is to be the new American way, then maybe it has to be changed, by law if necessary, immediately, if not sooner.”

That sounds like the roar of a T-Rex against the incoming meteor to me. . .

Now for a great quote:

It’s probably not a coincidence that many of the most strident anti-Amazon advocates are making millions (in Patterson’s case, hundreds of millions) of dollars within the publishing system as it currently exists. It’s simply human nature to believe that a system that has worked for me is a just system, a desirable system, the best or possibly even the only system, and that anything that might change that system is illegitimate, menacing and even evil.

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