Once Craig Martelle announced the new IASFA — a BUSINESS FIRST author guild about sharing information, enhancing the author experience, and keeping everyone focused toward growing sales of science fiction, it was a matter of time before the ankle-biters and establishment industry shills came after him.
It happened on Easter. File 770 couldn’t wait even out of respect for people’s family celebrations of Christ’s resurrection to launch asinine attacks on the guild.
Of course, these same people have been going off on 20BooksTo50K for a long time, never having any specific reasons why the group is bad, but because these people are so invested in identity politics and petty jealousy, they attack the group.
Blogger Cat Eldridge immediately declared the new guild would be a failure, without giving any good reasoning behind it.
Others attacked the logo of the guild, sniping at something which is wholly irrelevant to the content of the concept.
Blogger Lis Carey accused the 20Books crew of creating drama in the field — though I’ve never seen them do anything of the sort. Unless focusing on selling books is drama. The idea of not lecturing readers and other authors on what to believe seems to be so offensive to these perpetually offended that they can’t handle it.
One thing is consistent with the SJW bloggers and failed writers — none of them had ideas for how to sell books, or for what a guild should do. All of them sniped, trying to bring the group down before it’s even gotten off the ground with petty personal remarks or irrelevant chatter.
And that’s why SFWA is such a failure and and IASFA is needed. SFWA doesn’t do anything for its members, it just provides a forum chatterbox to where a bunch of angry, ugly old cat ladies snipe at other authors, getting nothing accomplished — even their own writing.
I’m excited for IASFA, a new dawn for the industry as Amazon has been the great equalizer in allowing merit to be the reason people buy books, rather than a forced gatekeeping system of middlemen — which is what these old ladies are so bitter about in reality. They have no power anymore, and as their generational numbers dwindle from the other great equalizer of Corona-Chan, no one will even remember them.
I bet people will remember IASFA, however.
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