Let's start with the economy. Ewwww!!! At least in the US, the overall economy is keeping some people from purchasing books. And that means publishers aren't taking risks on new authors.
It also means that bookstores are in trouble. Have you heard the recent news about Barnes and Noble? They are exp
ected to report a loss this week and the board is currently arguing about the future of the stocks and the make up of the overall board of directors. In the world of small, independent bookstores, the news isn't much better. A number of mystery stores have closed in the past few years.
If that weren't enough, there are other changes in the air. No longer is a "book" limited to a paper-based product. You can read just about any printed matter on your computer or e-book reader. But the Kindle stuff isn't read on the Sony reader... Many people are just waiting to see who pulls out ahead in the deal. It reminds me of the VHS/Beta format war.
It's a scary time to be striking out in the publishing world. Or else it is an adventure, just waiting to be undertaken.
Either way, there is change in the air and I'm excited to be a part of it!