I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
I am requesting opinions and information from anyone who would like to share regarding:
1. The Authors Guild, generally and specifically their positions regarding e-publishing, non-legacy publishers, self-publishing, other groups representing authors and/or intellectual property rights. (Yes, I know that's a lot!)
2. Groups representing and/or purporting to represent authors, generally.
3. The Authors Alliance, generally and specifically their positions regarding e-publishing, non-legacy publishers, self-publishing, other groups representing authors and/or intellectual property rights. (Yes, again, I know that's a lot!)
By anyone, I mean anyone who has an opinion, whether you are an author, a member of either of those groups or any other group representing an author, a reader, a bookseller, a publisher, a reviewer, an archivist or anyone else with an opinion on the subject.
Disclaimer: My sister is an author published by a legacy publisher and I believe she is a member of the Authors Guild. I am not an author, nor do I have any personal ties to any publisher or group that represents or purports to represent authors.
I am not looking for an argument. Rather, I am looking for a variety of opinions and any facts anyone may have before I form an opinion. The only opinion I hold right now is that there are probably 6 to 15 sides to the story and most of what's being tossed around is to be taken with a grain of salt. And that's why I'm looking for more information. Plus I'm happy to give folks a forum to clear the air, or rant or whatever. Just don't expect me to jump in taking a side. My current opinion is: I don't know.