Re: Things have got to change.
To whom it may concern:
I am writing to offer my thoughts on the current state of play in the direct publishing market.
Never before in the history of publishing have so many had the opportunity to publish their own book. Certainly, vanity presses have been around for a significant amount of time, but I am talking about real, "Here's your book's ISBN and a store-front, so your book is now a saleable commodity" publishing.
It is an exciting place to be.
Gone are the days where an independent author would have to pony up for a minimum of a thousand books, which when delivered would take up residence in a handily cleared garage... or spare room, or form the foundations for a good sized coffee table.
Gone are the days when an aspiring author had to enter the lottery that surrounds literary agents-publishers-book-store-owners, and their ability to see a quality product, or product of potential. Or, quite frankly, (and just to add another layer of prize winning bonanza) each segment's inability to keep their desk in order so that every manuscript got read.
The last couple of years have heralded a new wave of publishing, allowing folk to simply write their opus and hit publish.
In short: The best thing about today's new publishing situation is that everyone can write and publish a book.
The worst thing? That in today's new publishing situation, everyone can write an publish a book.