You know, I’d really been hopeful that I wouldn’t have to write about Big Bang Press again. I said my piece last time and I stand by it, and in a perfect world that would’ve been that.
Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and, over the last few days, I’ve come to doubt my last post’s basic assumption. Specifically, that the people involved in Big Bang were well-meaning but naive.
I don’t think that any more. Now, I think they’re intentionally misleading and exploiting fandom—and, more importantly, fan authors—in order to turn themselves a profit. And that I do have a problem with. Not the “turning a profit” part, mind; Big Bang is setting up a business, businesses (hopefully) make money. I myself live a comfortable upper-middle-class lifestyle thanks to the proceeds of business, so it would be hypocritical for me to deny anyone else the same. But the way Big Bang is going about it, by outright lying to fandom, is objectionable.
Hence this post. And no, I’m not the only person saying these things (check the reblogs on the original post). So think of this as a signal boost, if you will.
(Massive tl;dr ahead. Consider yourselves warned…)
This is a really long post, but I think it’s important, not just for anyone who’s interested in BBB, but anyone who is interested in the publishing industry in general.
I’m still leaning more towards them being sincere. It seems like typical “Western Media Fandom BNFs are the pinnacle of human existence” arrogance to me. Which is, I think, where “successful fanfic-turned-pro authors just surfed on their BNF status” comes from: the idea that being a fanfic BNF is all you need to become a Real Famous Author, and all you should need.
I think the reason I find this so annoying is I know a lot of authors and people involved in publishing and have seen how much hard work is involved in doing it properly.
Anyway, so I’m not just being negative here’s some relevant novels and independent presses off the top of my head, all with above average diversity.
The 100 000 Kingdoms by N K Jemisin (in fandom!)
A Shrine to Saint Anne by J August (self published!)
The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho (self published AND in fandom!)
Torquere press lgbt publisher, published a fanfic writer I know
12th Planet Press run by a feminist scifi fan I know, publishes speculative stuff outside the mainstream and is currently open to submissions of novellas and YA short stories.
(must admit I haven’t actually read anything from either of these publishers, but I’m still glad they exist)