I dreamed a great change but of course forgot it on waking up. All I have left is the vision of being in a red brick building watching men move stacks of books on forklifts. Light from dirty windows illuminate dust in the air. Cries of anguish ring from a pot bellied man in a three piece striped suit and bowler hat, “Out, damned Kindle! out, I say! – Nook: Kobo: Publishing is murky!”
Not murky at all. Book publishing has been replaced by book marketing: This Notebook I write on can publish what I write and distribute it worldwide tomorrow. No factory of men and equipment are needed, no shipping, no bookstores. Just ereaders. Writers no longer need publishers, we need marketers. And, they must have a commissioned revenue model to be trusted. Amazon does. Anybody who wants paid up front to try to sell your books should offer you a free bottle of snake oil because that’s all you’ll get for your money.
Which brings up a question: Who, out there, actually markets books effectively?
Please comment if you know anyone!