What goes around, comes around, though. For hundreds of years writers couldn't reach readers without publishers. But today that direct link between storyteller and listener is being reforged as book publishing's middle-men are being marginalized by digital and electronic publishing.
I'm excited by the idea of me, a storyteller, sitting down with my eager reading and listening audience without having Big Apple gatekeeprs--who may have never strayed beyond the canyons of New York City--interpose his or her taste. For Roland's e-book page on Amazon's Kindle:
I hope what I've thus far written doesn't dismay you readers. I've met many fine folks from New York and certainly would hesitate to denigrate the species in any way. In fact I don't even bitterly detest New York editors, as one might think.
In fact, my late, great editor, Bob Elman, was raised in New York City, but he escaped to the Jersey countryside to shoot ducks and catch fish.
Nope, Big Apple-ites are okay. Maybe. But I wouldn't want my daughter to marry one.