hrrrrrrnh. i’ve made the mistake of deliberately reading several of those ‘real writers don’t self-publish’ articles today (for research purposes and also because i have an unhealthy addiction to anger that i’m working on) so i’m feeling a touch defensive and, as a consequence, likely to be terse.
but i really do wish well-intentioned folks understood that simply ‘abolishing Amazon’ would, inevitably, involve wiping out 99% of self-published authors, almost all of whom are only barely hanging on financially as it is and a huge number of whom are producing queer content that the traditional publishing industry is not interested in.
(no i’m not saying traditional publishers never publish queer books, of course they do (although it wasn’t so long ago that they very emphatically Didn’t), i’m saying that they are corporations and as such they publish books that they think will make them the most money)
just saying, when these discussions happen, could people maybe acknowledge that we exist? and deserve to exist and have a place to sell our work? amazon sucks. i know it, you know, everyone knows it. amazon is the pits and i 100% understand not wanting to support them. but there are a lot of ways to make amazon not suck that don’t involve fucking over the people who depend on it