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Ex-agent Nathan Bransford wrote a nice piece on his blog entitled Why I’m Still Optimistic about the Future of Books. That headline caught my attention because, viscerally, my reaction was, “Still?!” His post goes deeper than that, but what I noticed first was my own urge to chuckle.

No, I’m not predicting the death of books. My view is more nuanced than that. I think paper books will be published 100 years from now (assuming we aren’t all killed by nukes, bioweapons, supergerms, climate catastrophe or armies of the undead) but in small numbers and as a premium item. 

Early this summer I attended a writers’ conference in which I saw the e-book future laid out. Many of the publishers and writers I met at the Canadian Authors Association conference in Victoria were already on board the train to the future. I met my first person there who doesn’t buy paper books anymore, for instance. Her bookshelves grow no heavier because her reading is now exclusively electronic. 

When I came back, I shared that worldview with everyone I knew. I encountered resistance, incredulity and resignation. Personally, I’m excited about the DIY opportunities ahead of us. We still need writers and those writers still need editors. Publishers and agents are becoming optional. For some authors—especially if they already have an audience—publishers are in their rearview mirrors.

Where are you on this issue now? Has your opinion changed in the last year? Do you see e-books as another expression of rage and frustration by the talentless hacks rightly trapped in the slush pile? Or are e-books a way for independent authors to steer their own course to larger percentages and greater control of their books?

If you’re an independent writer, here’s a link to a comparison of self-publishing services you definitely need to consider:

Self-Publishing Company Comparison: Amazon CreateSpace, Lulu or Lightning Source? : Blogthority‏

If you’re a traditional publisher or are monogamous about the Gutenberg press, here’s an article about how e-books might be integrated tree book marketing:

E-books need print books, IPG hears | theBookseller.com‏

 Please let me know your thoughts.

I’m staring at my comment box,

quivering in anticipation.


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Gender bias against female writers

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Author Tawni O’Dell has written a great piece about the bias against female writers. She writes convincingly that women aren’t taken seriously in an industry that is still (still!) very patriarchal. This is an example of WGL, or Worldview Generational Lag. The publishing industry is filled with women. Women read more books than men. Women write tons and edit tons of books every year. And yet. And yet.

I’m enlightened, so ladies, when the revolution comes, don’t forget who was on your side. That’s right. I’m a sex traitor.

…Hm, that doesn’t sound right.

Okay, I’m a traitor to my sex…except that…come to think of it…all my favorite writers…OH-MY-GOD! They’re all men!

Sorry. I was one of them and I didn’t even know it! Are you one of them or us?

Wait. Now I’m confused.

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The Harry Potter Spreadsheet

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This is very cool. Check out

 J.K. Rowling’s Plot Spreadsheet‏

at mental floss.

When you think about it, it was a heck of a lot to keep track of.

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