The Last Days of the Big Publishers?

The world of publishing has been altered forever by Amazon.  While the big publishers continue to have something to say about which books are successful, they no longer have anything to say about which ones get published.  Moreover, bottom line, those that read the books have the last word in which books sell best.

Even if every publisher in the country denies my books, I can still get them published, both Kindle and paperback.  For this, I wish to publicly thank Amazon very much.  Now, if I can manage the publicity, I can compete with the best sellers.

Guess what.  I’m not the only one.  It is possible that some seventh or eighth-grader can sit down and write a book that could sky-rocket to number one and there is not one thing those publishers can do about it.  It’s not probable, but it is possible.

Moreover, the writer does not have to follow all the rules.  If we split an infinitive or two, if we end a sentence or two with a preposition or if we happen to use rather instead of whether, we might offend a reader or two but we can still sell books to those who don’t care.  If someone decides to use thru instead of through, it might offend some, but it won’t make a lot of difference if the book sells.

Also, I get to format my books the way I want to.  I don’t have to put the name of the book at the top of each page.  If I choose, I can put the chapter title up there instead.  In some cases, it suits my purpose better, especially in my books in The Ring series.

Who knows?  One day, to the horror of some purists, someone might write a book using the abbreviations used as in phone messaging.  To be sure, it will shorten the work, maybe even make for a faster read.  Regardless, it will save paper and ink.

Indeed, it just may one day cause the big publisher to go the way of the horse whip.  They still make horse whips these days, just not nearly as many.  They certainly have less of an affect on modern life as they once did.

If you doubt that this might happen, you might want to read my post on Then and Now.  The world has changed a lot.  I suspect it will change some more, in ways neither you or I expect and maybe against our preference.

 

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