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…)
Please watch this. Please. It’s important.