Monday, January 2, 2012

What Do You Love or Hate About Publishers?

I'd like this post to be an open thread, where anonymous comments are more than welcome...they are encouraged. In fact, please think twice about leaving your identity this time.

It's going to be something I'll leave up for a long time, and I'm not going to comment at all on the thread. Let me repeat: I am going to remain objective...on the outside looking in. This isn't about me, it's about what readers and authors think.

What I'd like to see are comments about all publishers in general, large or small; digital first or "traditional." What you love about them. What bothers you about them. I'd like to know what you think of them...or if you even bother to notice who is publishing a book or an author. You can rant. You can praise. It's an open comment thread for all.

Please do not use this thread to trash other authors or any specific books. Please do not trash editors or literary agents or book reviewers either. That's not what it's about and I will not publish any comments that are abusive toward authors or specific books, or that single any one person out.

This is strictly about publishers and how readers/authors feel about them.

1 comment:

Barb said...

Huh. I would have thought you'd have other comments by now.

Anyway, I think e-publishing and independent publishers have been great for the publishing industry, although I suspect most "traditional" publishers wouldn't agree with that feeling. But seeing as how I'm not an author or publisher; just a reader, I'll give my (probably) not very valuable opinion.

E-publishing, online press, independent publishing, etc have made all kinds of authors, genres, types of books more available to people. Even the "big box" bookstores can only hold so many books. Of course they carry the ones that sell the best, right? But by having access to new authors, new genres, niche publishers, I have been able to read stories and authors that I probably would never have been aware of.

Amazon, Nook, Sony, and all other makers of e-readers are great for those of us who live in the boonies where getting new books used to mean driving an hour or more each way. I'm also spending much more money on books than I used to when I had to drive to get them. At least with smaller publishers and/or independent sellers, more money goes to the author than to the big-name publisher. (I hope)

I look forward to continued increases in what's available in e format books, and finding more authors and characters to fall in love with!