Blog / 2018 / Not Like Any Other Business

June 7, 2018

Artists are usually on their own running their business, doing the freelance thing. It’s difficult. And when people conflate us with companies, it’s only harder.

For example, a few years ago, I published my book Crime Against Nature and, at that time, I was using a particular platform to distribute free PDFs of the book. The platform needed the email address of anyone who wanted the e-book because it automatically sent a link to the person requesting the PDF. When I went through the emails of everyone wh’d asked for the book—and there were a lot because Boing Boing did an article about the book—a significant portion of the emails were angry coded messages like: F***You@NotGivingMyEmailAddress.com

And I get it. People are fed up with companies ripping off their information and spamming them, so they lash out. But the fact that they’re lashing out at individual artists means that people think the art business is like any other business. It’s not, and I get more into just how different it is in this half hour video about how artists make money.

UPDATE

January 8, 2018

I have lots to say about the stupid ways that businesses do business. This article explains the concept of social currency and why companies don’t have it. This one tears apart their reliance on quantity over quality.

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