This here is exactly the reason why I am working on a documentary about the publishing industry with Maurice Jovan to educate authors. Because traditional publishing is falling! The proof is in the pudding Penguin House is in a lawsuit. Can’t wait for our documentary to come out soon! It describes the differences between indie publishing, traditional publishing and self-publishing. Traditional publishing, like Penny Sansevieri describes in her article, is archaic and an outdated model. With POD (print on demand) and technology, small indie presses can do the exactly the same thing as the big guys. AND they don’t really help you with marketing. However, new authors have this pie-in-the-sky dream of becoming the next JK Rowling’s and it’s really not about that. It’s about getting your book out on distribution channels first. Baby steps.
“Let me be clear: I don’t dislike traditional publishing, but they’re operating in an antiquated system that has worked for them previously, but really doesn’t support the author or, for that matter, further book sales.” Penny Sansevieri
Read her entire article here. This is what I have been saying for years. After sitting in conferences with and on panels right next to the big guys. But people don’t want to listen. I’m so glad someone else is saying the same thing. It’s so refreshing to hear.