Are publishing houses going to adapt?

How are you doing? Has been a while. I went to the WLT Conference, and that is why I didn’t post anything. I was obsessed with my manuscript; the idea of going to the conference without something at least finished freaked me out.

But! Now I have so much material for new posts! The conference was amazing: I learned, I met wonderful people, and had a great time.

So, enough rambling, let’s get to the point. Today’s post is about something I heard in the session “The Ties That Bind: The Author/Agent/Editor Relationship” with David Patterson of Foundry Literary + Media, Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and author PJ Hoover. What I heard made me rethink my possibilities.

In the conference much was said about the changes in the industry, how things are shifting, bookstores are closing, and the printed book is dying… sounds sad, but it is just evolution. We have seen the change; eBook is taking over, the statistics are there for anyone to Google. (I really recommend this post by Laura Lorek; she made a wonderful job summarizing Jane Friedman keynote luncheon: “Is the book dead? Who cares!”).

I believe and embrace the change, but when I heard that P.J. Hoover’s debut YA novel was independently published by Andrea Brown Literary Agency something clicked.

One thing is you, a normal human being, decide to self publish a novel; another thing is an author with an agent representation to independently publish a novel. This person had a choice.

That doesn’t make you wonder about the relevance of a publishing house in this time of changes? Not that I think publishing houses are going to disappear, but they must adapt. Publishing houses used to be the only door for a writer, but no longer.

It is great news for writers and readers. Writers now have options and prices are more accessible to the reader.

Lara Perkins publishing manager for Laura Rennert said:

“What’s happening in publishing now is very exciting, and authors, agents, and publishers all have some fantastic new opportunities. Authors in particular have been empowered by these new changes, and all authors, published or unpublished, should pay close attention to the changes happening in the industry because these changes have a direct bearing on what will happen to to their work in both the short and the long term.”

You can check the full interview on P.J.Hoover’s blog.

But what do you think of this? What does it means? For me it is exciting, how do you feel? Post a comment and let’s talk about it. 😉

P.s: I read Solstice by P.J. Hoover and it is great 😉


6 Responses to “Are publishing houses going to adapt?”

  1. PJ Hoover Says:

    So how happy am I to click over to your blog and see a giant picture of my cover 🙂 Thank you!
    I totally agree. There is no better time to be a author. I feel like the choices are wide open, and it’s so exciting!

  2. Valerie Says:

    Like you I feel sad to see things changing – I have a Kindle and admittedly love it. But I love bookstores too! I just hope new models will evolve. This was definitely an interesting session (the one with PJ) at the conference. I’m really curious about these kind of hybrid models and how they might change the publishing industry.

    • Natalie Fay Books Says:

      I love bookstores; I like wandering around, and picking books… I don’t believe the habit of going to a bookstore is going to die. Barnes and Noble is not going to die. But the traditional publishing industry will have to reshape itself, and that is a good thing. I’m also curious. I believe the percentage the publishing housed get is going to change, and also the role of each part (writer, agent, editor, etc). Actually, the roles are already changing…

      Thanks for commenting Valerie. It was a pleasure to meet you at the conference. And I love your name.

  3. Anne R. Allen Says:

    Thanks for the comment on my blog and the RT!

    You’re so right that this is an exciting time. Andrea Brown is on the cutting edge of the new publishing world.

    It’s sad to see good bookstores close, but Kindle isn’t the only thing to blame. The “Big & Nasty” book megastore had already put a lot of indies out of business, and then Amazon took out a whole lot more. The fact that Kindle is picking off the megastores isn’t a complete tragedy. The big corporate publishers bought space in the big corporate stores for a handful of superstars and everybody else suffered. Now we’re back to a more even playing field.

    My local indies are thriving by turning themselves into gift and coffee shops-with-books, and B & N may look more like an Apple store in a year or two. But books will survive, and so will good retailers.

    And authors may do a whole lot better.

    • Natalie Fay Books Says:

      That is the right way to look at it. “Now we’re back to a more even playing field,” I liked that. Thinking about it, I don’t buy books on B&N anymore. Sometimes I buy diaries (they are so pretty!), but not books.

      Being part of this transition makes me fell like the world is full of possibilities.

      Thank you so much for stopping by, and the RTs. You’re awesome! 😉

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