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Stross on publishing

In Uncategorized on 2010-02-25 by Kyle Maxwell Tagged: ,

From Charlie Stross:

It is a common misconception — to paraphrase a commenter in the previous post on common misconceptions about publishing, that “the only two people that matter are the author and the reader (one puts creativity in, the other money: the rest add cost)”. This is a bit like saying that in commercial air travel, “the only two people that matter are the pilot and the passenger (the rest add cost)”.

To which I would say: what about the air traffic controllers (who stop the plane flying into other aircraft)? What about the maintenance engineers who keep it airworthy? The cabin crew, whose job is to evacuate the plane and save the passengers in event of an emergency (and keep them fed and irrigated in flight)? The airline’s back-office technical support staff who’re available by radio 24×7 to troubleshoot problems the pilots can’t diagnose? The meteorology folks who provide weather forecasts and advise flight planners where to route their flights? The fuel tanker drivers who are responsible for making sure that the airliner has the right amount of the right type of fuel to reach its destination, and that it’s clean and uncontaminated? The designers and engineers at Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, or the other manufacturers who build the bloody things in the first place …?

Fascinating.

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