I couldn't help but laugh my ass off - mostly because I agreed with him! I hated the word "slightly" and thought it was such a fucking pathetic cop-out. Oooooo we're so bad! We're so naughty! But only slightly! Teeheehee! WTF, mate? Also, due to whatever North Light's problem was with linking the book to the website (The AntiCraft, as in, the crafting equivalent to The AntiChrist; and I'm guessing the problem is they would have had to given us more money because of some licensing mumbojumbo), using the name "Anticraft" DOES make it sound like antihousework and antistupid antiattempts to antimake it antihip. Not that anyone would listen to me, but whatever, it's selling like hotcakes. Gods forbid we do something honest in place of something marketable.
Don't get me wrong, the projects are fantastic, the designers are demigods of the crafting pantheon, our editor went to bat for us several times, and I'd bear Maya's children if she only asked (and if by bear she meant adopt and children she meant cats)... but... in the end it was a sell out. I compromised on the points that bothered me and sold out. But you know... that's admitted up front and in print. Nobody's hiding anything here. And that's why I am up to my armpits in info on Lulu right now.
I'm sure Ne has her own take on this, so let it be known I'm speaking for me and ONLY me here.
Y'know, Zabet, I don't think you sold out at all. I think you put out a high-quality, beautifully-designed product that by its very nature was the end result of many consensus decisions. Such is the way of the Major Publisher Beast.
You were paid to do a job and you did it well.
You've garnered new fans that may have never been to your website before.
You've attracted attention to yourself that will make it easier to market your future self-published works if you choose to go that route.
What's a "punk poet" doing writing snark for some alt-weekly? Paying his bills, that's what. What, you don't think he's sold out at all?
We can starve to death holding true to our childhood ideals and dreams (I, for one, spent far too much time writing erotic poetry about Nick Cave in high school, but last I checked, there wasn't much call for that on the world publishing market) or we can earn a living doing what we love. And that's what I'm doing.
[On a side note -- did he even READ the intro to AlterNation? Newsflash: we're encouraging people to shy away from mass-produced culture in favor of creating their own. If that's not punk by its very definition, I don't know wtf is!]
I think I sold out by even dealing with the Major Publisher Beast. I think I would come out less tarnished from a deal with Satan than from the publishing industry. It's awful - Harlot just wrote about this, too, about how little control an author has, and it was if she had read my mind.
I think I mostly just disappointed in myself for not having enough confidence to just go on and self-publish. Yeah, it would have been more work, yeah the money would have been a lot less (and hint: for a first time book it ain't that much anyway).
He may be a raving asshole, and he may not know knit from crochet from a hole in the ground, and he may not know art when he sees it, but he called me on two things that have been gnawing at me and I wasn't going to sidestep them just because he's a twat.
I was so glad to see the Harlot writing about that, too -- someone who reaches as many people as she does may finally get the word out and make it clear that authors don't have the control most people think we do when we do anything other than self-publish.
On that note -- just wait til you see what I'm currently cooking up for pattern distro!
Don't apologize for this guy. He's an asshat, and his "review" (if it can be called that) is a real life incarnation of "judging a book by its cover". Your publishers wasted paper by sending him a copy of something that he could have written a blurb about without going any farther than the Amazon page.
I've reread his article a couple of times, and his "nazi" metaphor makes completely no sense to me. The fact that he didn't do the legwork to visit the site at all and find out what your whole deal is also works to enforce my opinion of his piece as a few hundred words of lazily written sensationalist tripe.
I actually think it's sad that you and Knitgrrl are giving this guy traffic by linking to him. I love your book (and your site btw ^_^), and I'd be interested in reading well thought-out negative reviews of it (because I like having my opinions challenged) but this one is a waste of bandwidth.
I actually thought that article was pretty funny, and don't think it was any kind of review of either one of those excellent books at all. I think maybe he's poking fun at how things that used to be "counterculture" have become somehow trendy. It used to be terribly shocking to have skulls on your shoes, an indication that you were "dangerous", but now they can be pink and rhinestones and everybody thinks they are cute. go figure. and people used to gasp in horror when I said fuck, and now it's commonplace. are we losing our shockvalue? maybe, but I think I'll keep my skulls.
What a fuckwit. Why review knitting/crochet books if you don't like knitting/crochet?
The book is fucking gorgeous. Visually it's like the World of Darkness of craft books. I keep finding non knitters/hookers who come to my house trying to steal it. It's awesome. You don't need to apologise for anything about it*
*except maybe incorrectly spelling Cthulhu on page 59.
You misspelled my name, but that's what happens when your last name is a jumble of Scrabble letters.
In response to his quasi-review, I'm going to quote Mr. Wells himself, "The self-perpetuating ponce-mafia oligarchy of effete bourgeois wankers who run the 'literary scene' must be swept aside by a tidal wave of screaming urchin tits-out teenage terror totty and DESTROYED! ATTACK! ATTACK! ATTACK!"
Riiight... So, tits out, ladies, as you work on your Vlad the Impaler hats! Who's going to send one to our new friend Steven?
You know, I took a stab at it and thought, "let me write the rest of this and then I'll go check the spelling" and promptly forgot, because I have the attention span of a Q-Tip (tm). But I got your URL correct, that counts for something, right?
Think of the kind of pagans that make you cringe inside. Yeah, that one will do. Fix the image firmly in your mind. Now repeat after me: "More of them than us, more of them than us."
Conservative -- no that's not the word. Non-flamboyant? No. Practical? Um... less silly? Well, there's not a good word for us, but we're a minority within a minority, so there's only about 25 of us worldwide and we have no PR rep.