As a consumer, I try to buy fair trade chocolate and other imports-from-countries-with-iffy-production-practices. As a writer, I never made the connection between that and buying people’s books (or other art) until I read this post by Author & Social Media Maven Kristen Lamb. What IS wrong with encouraging reading “consumers” to support the writers who provide their steaming daily cup of fiction? Nothing, right?
When you’ve read it, let me know what you think. Take it away, Kristen!
I think consumers could change publishing if we let them. If we stopped assuming they didn’t care, that all they wanted was cheap books no matter the consequences.
Source: Pay the Writer Part 2—Blood Diamonds & Fair Trade Fiction
Love it. It made me laugh, and it’s an extremely valid point, too.
Yeah, Kristen can be over the top, but that doesn’t mean she’s wrong.