Where I Don't Talk About Internet Censorship and Address Publishing Censorship

So, as I mentioned the other day-- I've been thinking. Along with thinking I've been researching and reading quite a lot. In between the escapism reading I've been delving more into the publishing community. All of it. From the legacy publishers (aka The Big Six) to small presses to independents. Everything from tree books, e-books, blogs, and so on.

I've followed along with the kerfuffle at Goodreads with readers, authors, agents, et al flaming the discussion groups. I've been following the news of Amazon's KDP program-- trying to see if the lilttle fish are actually benefiting from the program. I've been inundated with predictions in publishing as the New Year inevitably causes people to forecast the future.

Honestly, I am not sure what is going to happen with publishing other than books will continue to be published electronically or otherwise. I have a few thoughts about what some trends will be-- such as interactive content in e-books, fancier tree books, continuing debates about royalties, serious complaints about agency pricing, and a lot of backlash on e-publishing.

I think we will see more exceptions than rules. Such as Amanda Hocking, John Locke, and J.A. Konrath. All of which will open the doors of independent publishing wider. I hope we see more independent authors continue to be independent. I have no idea what it is like to be enticed by a legacy publisher with a big fat contract under my nose. But, I do understand finances and I can't fathom exchanging over 60% of my profits for a measly 17.5%.

So, what is all this about censorship? Well, it's about the gatekeepers in publishing. For a long time traditional publishing has decided what readers want to read. Now, we are on the precipice of a paradigm shift where readers have more control over their choices than ever before. I believe readers will rise to the occasion and find the cream of the crop no matter what publishing route is taken.

Jenny Brent, a literary agent with vast experience, has an excellent bit over at talkingwriting.com about Why Reader Taste Differs From Publishers Taste. I love her closing paragraph:

So I can’t help feeling gleeful about the democratization of the process. Hooray for you writers who believe in yourselves enough to get your work out there by whatever means necessary. Hooray for your successes, hooray for your bravery, and hooray for the fact that every book you sell means you may be touching a reader’s life in a powerful way.