A recent thread in a LinkedIn Writers’ Group caught my attention: “THE TUMULT IN PUBLISHING” (yes, it was all caps). A journalist posed the questions: Where is publishing heading? Where might we be in the next five years? What do we do to ensure our [writers’] survival?
Some of the answers were interesting. I warn you now there’s no one famous among the contributors quoted below, but keep reading.
Jackie Speel suggests: “diversification of skills … and developing niche specialisms/areas of expertise and knowledge.”
Margery Phelps says: “publishing is changing; it’s good because many authors/writers are now being published who may have been passed over by mainstream publishing houses in days gone by. However, my main concern is the quality of writing now being published by indies.
Seems to me that there are too many “authors” totally lacking writing skills with no sense regarding grammar, sentence structure, story line continuity, back-story usage, character development, plot, and economy of words. I’d estimate that three-quarters of the books I’m asked to read and review are unfit for publication. When writing quality succumbs to vanity publishing of anything by anybody, we all lose.”