Status: Developing nicely!
My sincere apologies for this late blog post and I will also apologize if it seems rambling. Both of my older doggies are going through some tough times right now and my sleep has been sporadic at best.
However, I have a ready topic thanks to Harlequin's announcement that it is establishing a vanity publishing arm and RWA's decision to remove Harlequin from its list of eligible publishers.
Many of the loops I am on are jumping with opinions on this topic. If you'd like to share your thoughts about this please, as always on our loop, be respectful of the feelings and opinions of others.
I'm going to toss out some thoughts that I haven't seen expressed (but I haven't read the loops yet today). I'm sure there will be more news about this in the days to come.
THESE ARE MY THOUGHTS ONLY and don't reflect the any stance the chapter may wish to take. I've tried to keep these as thoughts only and not make a judgment on what's right or wrong or somewhere in between. Here we go:
For decades, RWA has done an excellent job of teaching people how to write as well as inspiring those same people to follow their dream of being published.
Yet the number of RWA members has long exceeded the number of romance books published per year.
So if only one out of every five or ten (or whatever the number is) RWA members become published by a traditional print publisher, what happens to the dreams of those writers who aren't yet published?
Sure, some of their work isn't up to the standard we'd like to think all published books should be. Though we've probably all read or tried to read published books while wondering how in the world it ever got published.
I think we all know writers whose work is excellent and they haven't been published.
Electronic book companies have filled the desire to be published for many authors. Stories that don't fit the mold of print publishers have found a happy home as e-books. Yes, early e-books got a reputation of not being "as good" as printed books. However, I think their quality has steadily improved--as has their market share.
Of course, print publishers have noticed that market share of e-books, especially as they have experienced losses for many months (or years?). How are they going to stay in business? Perhaps by tapping into e-books and, ohbytheway, have you seen what vanity publishers are doing? People are actually paying to have their books printed. For a business whose priority is making money, I can see where this would be quite a temptation.
If a print publisher goes out of business, where would all their established authors find a home for their stories?
I'm going to stop there as I need to dash off for a couple hours. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts when I return.