authors, book selling, Indie book publishing, self publishing

LA Times declares Gatekeeper role in publishing has changed

In my last post, I suggested that publishing had moved from being run like an aristocracy to more like a democracy. This past week, the Los Angeles Times  gave further evidence this revolution has and is taking place.

Publishers are no longer the Gatekeepers according to the latest installment in The Future of Readiing

In their continuing series titled, The Future of Reading, they ran an article with the headline,  Book publishers see their role as Gatekeepers shrink.  In this piece they highlight a number of authors who are going directly to the people with their work and bypassing the traditional route. And not all of  them are named Seth Godin.

The upshot is that writers can find virtual shelf space in the world’s largest bookstores without the help of conventional publishers. And the number of forums for online bookselling continues to grow.