EBooks, Publishers, and the Brave New World

If you’re an author, you’ve been following the Amazon versus Macmillan strangeness. There’s no doubt that ebooks have gained more prominence with recent gadgetry, but recent calls that they mean the demise of publishing houses seem sort of naive. A great many more qualified people than I say things about this.

But if you missed it, here’s a succint blow-by-blow with Scott Westerfield.

And here’s Tobias Buckell editorializing.

Cat Valente discusses the need for publishers in our brave new world.

Jay Lake underscores what publishers do for you.

Sarah Monette shares the head of MacMillan’s response to the situation.

Joshua Bilmes, the founding agent of JABberwocky contemplates those changes.

As a tamago in publishing, it’s interesting to see the evolution that will be caused by new media. While electronic delivery has made things more democratic, certainly, there’s always going to be a system to try and get the good stuff out there.

I too want quality control. I’m not egotistical enough to think I’m the best quality control for my own work.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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