said 7 months, 1 week ago:
All of publishing is experiencing a shake up (long overdue). It’s not yet clear how publishers are going to deal with their loss of control of the market. Neither is it clear how readers and self-publishers will relate long-term to their new voice and influence.
Newspapers and periodicals are struggling to find their way. They need a pioneer or visionary.
The world of book publishing is also endangered as reader habits change.
Self-publishing is hard. Proof-reading, continuity and copy-editing tend to be a challenge. Overall, I am encouraged that authors’ access to the marketplace comes with its own checks and balances. If you force your way to the top with phony rave reviews, you will be exposed by your readers with a truthful analysis right quick.
Take the publishing of the sixth and final novel in the Earth’s Children (Clan of the Cave Bear) series. This series was loved by many and the fans were thrilled after a long hiatus to hear that the story would continue just a little longer. Rave reviews were posted — many of them banking on the popularity of earlier books. Bantam/Random House took advance orders.
The book was beyond terrible. Readers were outraged. Hundreds of angry readers posted legitimately bad reviews on Amazon. It was so clearly a case of the publishers milking a fan base one last time. If I worry about self-publishers copy-editing, well, this sequel had large sections of one chapter cut and pasted in subsequent chapters. The writer (we can’t be sure who it actually was) changed the endearing personalities of the leading characters to make them repulsive. To top it all off, there was simply NO story. What an abuse of publishing power! If this was the result of a noted publisher adapting to the new terrain in publishing, it will live as a primer on what not to do!
This experience sold me on self-publishing!
Publishing seems to be happy to go digital. But what if we lost power and thereby lost our ability to communicate. There will always be a place for print for this reason.