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Why “The Interview” is Important to Self-Published Authors.

Posted by Charles Gray on December 25, 2014

Why should self-published authors be worried about the Sony/North Korea problem?

It seems like a simple matter— after all, few of us are major companies and fewer of us write comedies about offing the leadership of North Korea. However, the fact that major distribution networks, at least initially, caved in to threats and refused to show the movie should frighten anyone in the entertainment industry, especially those of us who self-publish. We are completely dependent on other groups to get our material out, whether it is the ISP that hosts our own sales site or Amazon. If they choose to surrender like the various theater chains did, we’re just out of luck. Oh there may be other ways to sell, but it’s hard for an independent to do that.

That’s why you should do two things.

1. Call or write your local theater to express you anger that they, even for a second, caved into this threat.

2. Go see The Interview, even if it makes you want to tear your eyes out.

Because the attack on The Interview wasn’t just an attack on a second rate comedy, it was an attack on absolutely every person who lives by the written word or any other form of entertainment media.

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