From JA Konrath
to Lee Goldber
g, established authors are dipping their toes in the ebook stream in ever increasing numbers, seeing how the waters feel. Meanwhile, the news of the fall of Dorchester
has been almost the equivalent of a sign of the End Times, accompanied with wailing and gnashing of teeth.
And then I see Ed Gorman
has picked up news about another person in the book business going ebook.
But I'm not convinced the end of the world - the book publishing world, that is - is near.
Now, if there are authors who have a good reason to be jaded right now, it's not the ones who've never landed a deal for their manuscripts, and it's not the ones who self published and failed to see their books sell to the point where they became the next John Grisham. It's the ones who've been caught up in the situation with Dorchester, who now have to fight to get rights back. I can imagine that some people finally thought their dream of being a published author was becoming a reality. They'd signed on the dotted line... Only to hear the rumors in the community first, before those of us published by Dorchester even got the news from what is apparently now their former editorial staff.
For the most part I've stayed out of this discussion, for a variety of reasons. One is that few actually know enough to offer any kind of enlightened evaluation, and the people like Brian Keene
who already are offering critical analysis have been doing a better job than I ever could.
One of the other reasons is that I'm just not that surprised.
Look, businesses fold every single day. We watched the economy collapse two years ago, stumble in a way it hadn't since the 30s, and people are surprised it's affected publishing? Every time a bookstore or publisher falls it's a sign?