We are fortunate to have this post from Mike Larsen.
“People, companies, and countries that don’t reinvent themselves every three-to-five years will get left behind.”
-John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
“The future of publishing is self-publishing.”
-Editorial consultant Alan Rinzler
The one safe prediction you can make about the future is that you can’t predict it. Anyway, here goes: the three keys to the future of publishing in the next five years are mobile devices, social media, and self-publishing.
of one-person, multimedia, multinational conglomerates who crowdsource their needs with a community of collaborators and rely on word of mouse to make their work sell.
of their clients’ conglomerates, mentors who help them maximize their visibility and income.
will be fewer in number and smaller in size, and will survive by empowering their writers and devoting themselves to what they do best.
into them will be easy, enhanced ebooks will be huge, and readers will judge writers by their ability to tell a story so compellingly that awareness of medium and technique disappear.
and receive personalized autographs they can print.
and a growing network independent booksellers around the country will thrive for four reasons:
it’s not either/or, it’s both and. Books will continue to do what only they can. Concern about design will make books more beautiful than ever. In a high-tech, visual culture, the physical and literary pleasures they provide will be more needed and appreciated than ever.
unite the global village, and the potential they will create for communication, creativity, collaboration, and commerce will open endless possibilities for writers and publishers.
The goal of the blog is to help you and me understand writing and publishing. Rants, comments, questions, and answers most appreciated.
The 4th San Francisco Writing for Change Conference / Writing to Make a Difference
September 15, 2012 / Unitarian Universalist Church / Geary & Franklin, San Francisco
The 10th San Francisco Writers Conference / A Celebration of Craft, Commerce & Community / February 14-17, 2013 / www.sfwriters.org / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://sfwriters.info/blog /@SFWC/ www.facebook.com/SanFranciscoWritersConference
San Francisco Writers University / Where Writers Meet and You Learn / Laurie McLean, Dean/free email@example.com/@SFWritersU
415-673-0939 / 1029 Jones Street / San Francisco, 94109
In five years, content will still be king, but writers will be CEOs.
John Chamberlin, Cisco Systems, Alan Rinzler, Espresso Book Machine, independent booksellers
Published by Judy Cullins