Just a fascinating piece, well written, considered and also in a sense really critical to understanding the developments in the industry over the last few years and in the next few decades:
If authors are closer to their agents, how does this affect the workings between editor, agent and author? Most editors I spoke with had good relationships with most agents, and they particularly appreciated having an agent around in times of dispute—as a mediator between themselves and the author. Rachel Kahan, senior editor at GP Putnam’s Sons, said, ‘Most agents are pretty good at coming to your aid when you have someone unreasonable.’ Julie Grau told of the time when she had developed such a close relationship with Irish writer Nuala O’Faolain that the author fired her agent. ‘What do I need an agent for?’ O’Faolain had said. Grau told me it was the worst thing that could have happened. ‘The agent was a buffer, she allowed the boundaries to be kept.’ None the less it’s worth nothing that the editor-author relationship continued between Grau and O’Faolain until the writer’s death last year.
via Meanjin · The best of new writing in Australia · The Changing Face of Publishing Relationships.
Nice piece by Mike Shatzkin this:
Well, I said, that would be true, but the problem is you’re going to face a lot more competition. Demand may go up and costs may go down but if supply in competition with publishers’ outputs rises too fast, there could still be a very difficult period in front of the industry’s legacy players.
That is: it could get increasingly difficult to get consumers to give you money.
via Upstream and downstream developments crowd publishers’ space – The Shatzkin Files.
Keep an eye on BookMasters, I get the sense they have the smarts! As for MPS, well there’s much to admire there too!
via BookMasters Blog
It is when you think through the simplicity of the actual PUBLISHING process that you realise just HOW Amazon has disintermediated publishers.
Once accepted, it was just a case of writing the book and submitting. The actual file you submit is basically an HTML document that is converted to Amazon’s proprietary format.
Why do an Amazon Kindle book? What appealed to me most about Amazon as a platform is that the process was simple and your work would wind up on multiple devices. The Kindle secret sauce isn’t the e-reading device—it’s the ability to take your content to the iPad, iPhone, Android device, PC, Mac or anywhere else. I’m not a developer and need to hit the broadest point possible.
via Review: My Amazon Kindle Single publishing experiment | ZDNet.
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a shameless plug or not, but it is certainly a plug for a piece I’ve written over on EoinPurcell.com:
These sales are starting, slowly but surely, to leak sales from small markets to large markets. The levels are unquantifiable right now in anything but the most sketchy way, but they are surely growing with each Kindle, Kobo reader, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and Android device sold into a small market. The proliferation of devices offering ebooks sold through large market retailers MUST be driving sales from those markets. When those retailers start sharing their data and how likely is that we will know for sure.
via The Differential Rates Of Digital Change Problem | Eoin Purcell.