P is for Publishing
(A-Z Theme: Changes Through History)
Publishing (n): the activities or business of a publisher, especially of books or periodicals: He plans to go into publishing after college.
The publishing world has been evolving way before indie publishing began their movement. Did you know at one point agents didn't exist? Writers dealt directly with publishing houses (they still can). The idea of agents evolved from Hollywood. Now, I'm not an expert on publishing, but if you care to read more, read Dean Wesley Smith's blogs. He's been in the industry for a long time, and has tons of experience.
But, I do know that if not for the indie movement (writers ability to self-publish their work without agents), many great works would still be in the slush pile. We'd be deprived of talent and wouldn't have a choice.
Changes in the industry no longer take years, but months. The world of publishing is evolving. The distinction between traditionally published and self-published authors is diminishing.
What does this mean?
1. It's a great time to be a writer (that's not to say it's easy!), especially for those who write for specific niches, or short stories, and would have a difficult time finding an agent's attention.
2. Readers have more options. More reading material.
3. Not everything published is good quality. This is where we come to crossroads.
Heck, if I knew, but I'll be watching as the industry expands and changes and I hope to be part of the change. What do you think?