Friday, July 25, 2014

What’s Future Soon Becomes Past: Publishing 2014

Today I'm celebrating a spankin' new release by the lovely C. Lee McKenzie!
I have my party hat on, woohoo! Err, okay . . .

As part of her Double Negative tour she's agreed to do a guest post on this blog.
By now we're all aware the publishing industry is changing . . . and it's changing rapidly. Here is what she has to say about this very topic. Take it away, C. Lee! 

A few years ago, 2010 to be exact, I was at a SCBWI Conference listening to a panel presentation on the future of publishing. It was all pretty standard in terms of what the panelists were saying, then someone in the audience stood up and said something like, “Get your head out of the sand, people!”

Well, that woke up a lot of us. Who was this guy? An Indie, obviously with an attitude. But he went on to make his case, and here were several of his points.

The future of paper book publishing isn’t good. We’ll still have paper books, but they’re on the way to collectible along with vinyl records.

Stories are going to be different—more visual, more interactive in nature to reach the more visual, interactive reader.

More publishers are going to appear and more are going to disappear.

Soon eBooks will be the majority of book sales.

The “legacy” publisher is going to have to adapt or fall by the wayside.

Traditional book deals are going to be less attractive than self-publishing.

People who consider the self-published inferior to the traditionally published are short-sighted and out of date.

Most of what this author said that day has become reality. In four short years we’ve seen the sales of eBooks grow, self-publishing thrive, the distinction between traditional and Indie fade.

While I was looking for more information on the state of publishing today, I found this Interview with Jane Friedman (2011), and was struck by how many points she and this unknown, but very savvy author had in common. If you want a more in depth look at the future of publishing here’s the link:

So what’s next? Hard for me to say, but if I see that guy at another conference I’m cornering him for a conversation.

You and me both, C. Lee! 
We'll gang up on him and he'll have no choice but to answer our questions. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, 
and congratulations on your new release! :D

Learn more about C. Lee's new release & enter the giveaway:

Title: Double Negative
Author: C. Lee McKenzie
Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Category: Young Adult
Available: July 25 from Evernight Teen

Hutchison Mc Queen is a sixteen-year-old smart kid who screws up regularly. He’s a member of Larkston Highs loser clique, the boy whos on his way to nowhere—unless juvenile hall counts as a destination. He squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. When that doesnt work, he goes to Fat Nyla, the one some mean girls are out to get and a person whos in on his secret—he can barely read. And then Maggie happens. For twenty-five years shes saved boys from their own bad choices. But she may not have time to save Hutch. Alzheimers disease is steadily stealing her keen mind.

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About the Author
C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family and miscellaneous pets. She writes most of the time, gardens and hikes and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can. She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives.

Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Her short story, Premeditated Cat, appears in the anthology, The First Time, and Into the Sea of Dew is part of the collection, Two and Twenty Dark Tales. In 2012, her first middle grade novel, Alligators Overhead, came out.

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  1. Yey... congrats Lee. :) And yes! Indie is definitely the way forward, for all the reasons you've recalled from the guy in the audience, Lee. Which is why I said no to the trad. offer I got on Finding Esta. One thing I dislike about this reality is that libraries are closing and book shops are too. That makes me sad, but the freedom it offers authors makes me GRIN! :D X

    Have a great weekend ladies.

  2. It's amazing how much of that has changed. I know people still cling to print books, but eBooks are the future, and the future is now.

  3. I read more print books than eBooks, but I guess I am one of the few to do so. Congrats to Lee.

  4. Lee is so awesome! I love the sound of her book and her faith in indie publishing. Great post! Have a wonderful weekend, S.K.! :)

  5. Enjoyed the guest post very much! Brief and to the point!

  6. Congrats, Lee! It is amazing how fast the pub. world has changed. Great guest post.

  7. Congratulations to Lee! The publishing world is changing quickly. It should be interesting to see how things continue to change as time goes on.

  8. YAY! LEE! An interesting story for sure...

    HI, SK... I have a fun intron on LEE'S book if you have a chance to DROP BY... Love to see you!

  9. Congratulations on the book release, Lee. Yes things are changing.

  10. I love ebooks and print books for their own qualities, and I'm glad the publishing industry is finally recognizing that both are important. I'm also encouraged that traditional publishers are recognizing the need to either step up their game or get out of the way of the self-published authors who have great things to write.

    Nice post! And hi, S.K.!

  11. It's been interesting watching things change. And exciting.