I don’t usually post about things like this but this one was way to good to let go. Apparently an internal memo distributed by Hachette to its employees got into the hands of author Joe Konrath. Sensing this letter might be propaganda for the troops, Joe reached out to his buddy, author Barry Eisler to take a look. What follows is a conversation between the two as they take up arms and shred this memo into pieces and rip Hachette a new one.
Joe sez: I’m trying to get some writing done, and I really feel like I’ve said all there is to say about the publishing industry and going indie. But then several alert readers emailed me to say Hachette created an internal memo to explain to its employees and customers why it’s still relevant.
I was published by Hachette, and for the most part I enjoyed working with them. They’re good people and dedicated professionals.
But boy, their memo is a giant bowl of steaming fail. And they dropped the ball when it came to me, too. More on that below.
So I called up my friend Barry Eisler and begged him to convince me to just let it go and not do a blog post about how silly the memo is.
Instead, Barry read the memo and said, come on, we should just fisk this sucker together.
Barry: You knew I would! You sent me a link to the memo because you knew it was so stupid it would draw me in, you bastard.
Joe: I wanted you to talk me down from the ledge, and instead you climbed up there to jump off with me. You’re a bad, bad man.
Barry: Sure you wanted me to talk you down. That’s like an addict coming to his dealer for help getting clean!
Joe: All right, regardless, now I’m all in, so let’s do this. Hachette’s memo is likely indicative of what many major publishers are thinking, so it’s worth examining closely, both for newbies and old pros.
Head over to Joe’s blog to see the memo and read the very funny conversation between them as they break it down word by word. Good stuff.