Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Future of Authors, Agents, and Publishers

© Marta Stephens 2009 all rights reserved

Authors are probably the most optimistic group of people to walk this world—proud to be one of many! We spend years perfecting our craft, pour our hearts into our work, and endure months of isolation (not sure this is true any more with the internet, but it does add a bit of drama.). All this with only one goal in mind—get published.

However, it’s no secret that we’re going through difficult, unstable economic times and the publishing industry, like numerous others, has been forced to rethink the business of doing business. Yesterday, I read an article that shot to the heart of the matter and think it’s information worth sharing .

I’d love to hear from authors who are currently looking for agents or publishers. What issues, if any, have you encountered? Any words of wisdom?

About the author:

Marta Stephens writes crime mystery/suspense. Her books are available online at familiar shops such as all the Amazons, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million, and Powells. Other locations include, but are not limited to those listed on her website.

Bronze Medal Finalist, 2009 IPPY Awards
Top Ten, 2008 Preditors and Editors Reader Poll (mystery)

SILENCED CRY (2007) Honorable Mention, 2008 New York Book Festival
Top Ten, 2007 Preditors and Editors Reader Poll (mystery)

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Kim Smith said...

Excellent article, Marta, thanks for sharing. It's interesting to note how publishing and all of its outreach has changed and continues to change and evolve.

s.w. vaughn said...

Some people I've heard from have said that things in publishing are moving a little slower, and turning out to be a little more challenging these days. Others insist that 'twas always thus, and always thus shall be. :-)

One anonymous blogging editor, at least, disagrees strongly with this article:

(sorry, don't know how to make the link clickable in a comment :-)