Publishers Weekly (finally) ran a full page column by editor in chief Sara Nelson, saying the Sobol Award "is lose-lose". Nice to know PW is catching up to what everyone else knew a month ago.
She continues on to say "the real damage though might be to the publishing industry as a whole". Whoa baby!
Don't blame this one on me!
You only had to read the Sobol website and have a modicum of knowledge about how agenting works to know that it wasn't quite the good news the press release made it out to be. Lots of us pointed that out after doing nothing but reading the site and posting the actual text.
The damage isn't to publishing. Publishing itself has nothing to do with what's wrong.
What's wrong is that reporters didn't do their damn job. They reprinted a press release with scarecely a single bit of independent work and it came back to bite them in the ass.
I subscribe to PW and I read it religiously but you guys (and everyone else except Reuters) dropped the ball on this one. Don't blame me for this one.