The interesting thing about discrimination is that it can’t prevent inevitable change. Puritans established a new home in North America, an Irish Catholic became president, African-Americans got the vote.

As with any business, it is always about the money. The bottom line rules. It doesn’t take much research to see how often advances do not earn out and how many books go unsold. Publishers will save millions if they stop paying advances and discontinue the practice of printing books no one buys.

The paradigm has already shifted. Nothing writers’ organizations do can prevent it - no matter how hard they try.

What do I see in the future? In the near term, tough times for many. In reinventing itself, all the people associated with the publishing industry will be forced to change as well.

This is the opening to the fourth installment of a series about some recent events in the writing world. Read more at

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