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Hugh Howey and the Indie Author Revolt

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This article was originally published February 20, 2014 in Publishers Weekly.

By Mark Coker

With a debate brewing about how much indie authors can, and do, earn from their writing–much of it sparked by a blog post from author Hugh HoweyPW asked Mark Coker, founder of indie publishing platform Smashwords, to offer his two cents. Here is Coker’s take:

The rift between authors and publishers grew more pronounced last week with the release and ensuing controversy surrounding Hugh Howey’s Authorearnings Web site. Critics have accused Howey and his anonymous Data Magician of perpetuating horrible crimes against statistics. Supporters–most of them indie authors and indie author sympathizers – hailed Howey’s conclusions as further evidence that authors no longer need publishers…”

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