Apr 18, 2007 Uncategorized
Posted by irfon
There’s been quite a kerfuffle throughout the blogosphere about this missive in which authors posting complete, commercial-grade novels as free downloads on the web are compared to ‘scabs’ and blamed for the degeneration in pay scales in the commercial publishing world.
A clarification was later posted, which you can read here.
A part of me strongly wants to respond to the contentions in the original letter and clarification, but I have to be honest in that it discussed the publishing industry specifically and I do not know anything about the publishing industry, so it would be hubris at best for me to pretend to having some useful input on that discussion.
However, one response to it from somebody who is “in the know” about the publishing industry can be found here. It contains the following declaration of intent:
I am declaring Monday 23rd April International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. On this day, everyone who wants to should give away professional quality work online. It doesn’t matter if it’s a novel, a story or a poem, it doesn’t matter if it’s already been published or if it hasn’t, the point is it should be disseminated online to celebrate our technopeasanthood.
As those of you reading this site know, I post all of my tracks here for free. In fact, I make all of my art in any media available for free. Some of that is part of the nature of the art itself and not something I have a choice about, given the form of the piece. Some of that, like this music (which I don’t necessarily consider art, but that’s a discussion for another day) is just what I decide to do with the piece when I think it’s done, or when I want to declare it done.
All of that said, I’m hoping to have the final track of Orchard Days complete in time to post on April 23rd in honour of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Day. I’ll likely link to it in the post. The basic shape of the thing is in place already, and I do like it, although it’s not what I’d originally envisioned and it will make Orchard Days rather shorter than I’d expected. I suppose that’s how the process gets away from you.
Anyway, hopefully I’ll be back with a new track on Monday! If you want to discuss the new holiday in the comments, feel free.