Agents, publishers, authors and booksellers offer their smart and varied perspectives on the “Great Disruption”—the publishing industry’s revolution—in this fascinating Washington Post piece. A sampling:
I never anticipated that, when I became a professional writer, I’d also become a marketing strategist, publicist and entrepreneur. But in order to keep being a professional writer, I need to show my publisher how hard I’m willing to work. And I need to connect with my readers in as many creative, absurd and unexpected ways as possible.
—Jennifer Miller, Novelist
Less than a year ago I was told that if I couldn’t get an agent, my story would never find an audience. Now I know that simply isn’t true.
—Cerece Rennie Murphy, Self-published Author
As we stumble our way through the Great Disruption, we’re learning that the digital world is quite different. The first irony turns out to be that, while “word of mouth” is the holy grail of book selling, we publishers were never very involved in the conversation.
—David Miller, Publisher