Recently I’ve spoken with a lot of writers who are troubled about the publishing business. Amazon.com has changed its policies, making it harder for self-published writers to sell there. Some publishers are talking about ending the return policy that allows bookstores to send unsold books back for full credit. After buying bookstore chain Waldenbooks, giant bookstore chain Borders may be bought by super-giant bookstore chain Barnes and Noble.
It all reminds me of a Steely Dan song called, “What a Shame about Me” in which the narrator says, “I'm worried about the future now... or maybe this is it.” Well, with e-books, on-line stores and Printing on Demand only an idiot would expect things to stay the same. Me, I embrace change. It draws attention, and when books get attention, I get attention. The future? It’s here, so why worry?