An article in the New York Times calling commercial publishers “legacy publishers” set agent Stacia Decker off on Twitter earlier today, and in between laughing out loud at her tweets, I realized she got her point across pretty well.
Disclaimer: Ms. Decker represents one of my closest friends in her capacity as super-agent at the world-class Donald Maas Literary Agency. I would trade a good body part to be repped by that agency. Stacia, if you know anyone who needs a kidney, call me! Okay, on a serious note: She’s got a great point.
Below is her Twitter rant on the term “legacy” publishing:
An MD? Legacy doctor. Me googling my own symptoms? Indie doctor. RT
@reaganart: And again with the “legacy publishers” #aaaaarghSymphony Cleaners? Legacy dry cleaning. Me with a bottle of Febreze? Indie dry cleaning.DUMBO Moving and Storage? Legacy movers. Me and those guys I promised some beer to? Indie movers.Gramercy Tavern? Legacy restaurant. Me with a Lean Cuisine and a microwave? Indie restaurant.Followed by the capper:WW Norton? Independent publisher. Grove/Atlantic? Independent publisher. You selling your mss thru a monolithic corporation?Self publisher.