Monday, September 26, 2011

A few thoughts on the future of publishing

I just wanted to throw a comparison out there and see if anyone agrees:

Is the publishing industry about to see a shift of power similar to the shift that happened in Hollywood in the late 60s and early 70s?  I speak of the taking over by directors.  For a brief time, suits and ties were not making decisions in Hollywood based entirely on "the bottom line."  The directors had the power.

Are authors going to enjoy the same privilege now that the stigma of self-publishing is coming to an end (it's a struggle, I still hear older, PUBLISHED writers say self-publishing is a no-no, but that's just more dinosaur sloshing in the old tar pits)?  Are e-books (which even I have an aversion to) going to take the "big" publishers out of the picture?  Could this be the Golden Age for writers?

Let me know what you think.


  1. I agree. Also, the rise in self-publishing and smaller publishing concerns has brought back the shorter forms -- short stories, novellas, etc. which is long overdue.

  2. Roll of the dice, my friend.
    I like to think that imagination is stronger and purer than greed. But then again, it's what builds it.

  3. Have to disagree, unfortunately. I think we have already seen the equivalent of directors taking over Hollywood, and that was when names like Stephen King and Dean Koontz and others became bigger than the books they wrote.

    Things are shaking up, and I don't think it'll be good for traditional publishers. More likely to be quite good for many writers, rather than very good for a few.

    I agree with Mr Rhatigan about shorter forms of fiction, and length changes generally, and this is a very good thing. Too many more recent novels are 10-20,000 words too long, just to fit a more profitable publishing size.

  4. This is an exciting topic to think about. Whatever side you prefer, traditional publishing, or the self made man variety, or even the a follower of the hated ebooks, you must admit we are at a crossroads. Saying that self publishing isn't a good idea is being proven false everyday by more and more success stories. I think Alec as a good point. With the ease of publishing, more writers are able to impact what readers are consuming.
    Oh and hooray for the return of the short story!