Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm Still Thinking About Predictions for Publishing

This is not time for a full rehash of why talk of changes in publishing gives me hives. Let's just say that I'll be 50 this year, and after hoping one day to become a novelist with a traditional publishing contract who gets help with marketing and her hard copy book on a shelf at Barnes and Noble, I'm not doing any jigs over publishing's brave new world. But, as with most disappointments in life, I'll get over it and cope.

I read a day or so ago a round-up at the blog There Are No Rules by Jane Friedman of Writers Digest "What Does the Future Hold for Writers? Predictions for 2010-2020." After hearing noises that some people say stories make us dumb, as mentioned in a post by Gena-Haskett at BlogHer.com, not to mention the scary tales that the book is dead, I was happy to see this Richard Nash prediction in Jane's post:
Long-form text-only narrative will continue to thrive as it has since cavemen gathered around the fire, just as painting has thrived since Lascaux. The advent of more and richer iterations of multimodal entertainment and edification will not kill off others (either multi or single mode) in the future, just as they did not in the past, though they certainly will kill businesses with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement based on past success in a given mode. (Richard Nash, publisher, writing at GalleyCat)
Jane's recommending that authors and publishers who need tools to navigate this changing landscape consider attending Digital Book World later this month.

Instead of saying what I'd normally say after learning of such a conference more than 1,000 miles away from me that begins in two weeks, I'll stick to efforts to change my self-mythology and declare, "One day I'll be able to go to conferences at the drop of a hat because I'll be earning a "real" living as a writer."

While checking out the Digital Book World site, I found this blog post via Twitter, "Three Jobs Publishing Houses Need to Fill in 2010" by Ami at The New Sleekness. She says publishing houses that want to seize a digital future should hire multimedia editors, community development managers, and people who are passionate about the subject matter of the publisher's books.

And then there's this nifty chart, also found through Jane's post, with what the different experts predict for our writing futures. I'm curious about Mike Shatzkin's prediction that this may be the age of monetizing short fiction easily.

So much to mull over.

1 comment:

Jane said...

Appreciate the mention and thoughtfulness related to the post! Great overview.