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What is the Future of Publishing?

(Updated December 16, 2013)

Irma Rombauer published and distributed the first three thousand copies of The Joy of Cooking herself in 1931, while James Redfield sold copies of his self-published The Celestine Prophecy out of the trunk of his car in the early 1990s. What would their author-entrepreneurship have looked like with the technology available today? Ten years from now, what will the book, the contract, or publishing look like?

Red Room members are a brain trust of the publishing industry, including authors, readers, editors, agents, publishers, and great thinkers, so we asked them to take a peek around the corner to tell us what they saw. 

A couple of posts stood out:

  • A twenty-year veteran of the hobby game and computer game markets, as well as a first-time novelist this year on Amazon, member Scott Hungerford has seen great changes in marketing across all entertainment formats. He talks about his belief that "a time of renaissance is coming" in his erudite post "Scott's Thoughts: The Future of Publishing."
  • Just one prediction from industry veteran, agent, and author Michael Larsen would make this blog challenge a success; he shares nine in his essential post, "9 Guesses About the Future of Publishing."

These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:

The Author Training Manual

The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir teaches aspiring authors how to become successful published authors by taking them through the process of creating a business plan for their books, seeing themselves and their ideas through the eyes of acquisition editors and developing an Author Attitude. In this way they produce marketable ideas--ones that sell to readers and to publishers--and become savvy indie publishers and attractive publishing partners.

Twitter for Authors

For many authors, the idea of sharing themselves with the world through Twitter and other social media platforms can be petrifying. But in Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, you will discover simple ways to connect with your audience and potential readers. In this easy-to-read guide, written by a shy writer, novelist and teacher, Beth Barany, you'll find the confidence and encouragement to step into social media and the how-to steps on what to say, how to find your followers, and how to present yourself in 140 characters or less.

I hope you'll read all of the entries in this blog challenge, and leave comments letting bloggers know what you think about their predictions. Past blog challenge wrap-ups are here. Thanks as always for blogging!

Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room