Originally Posted by pwalker8
In a way, as ebooks become more common, the markets begin to fragment and costs come down, things should pick up for authors who know how to market themselves to their target audience. /QUOTE]
Or who play in a genre popular with avid readers.
So far, romance is the single most popular ebook genre because romance readers are always looking for new "favorite" autors.
Conversely, most of the angsting about the changes in the industry come from practitioners of the litfic genre, which relies on the traditional gatekeeper validation as its key marketting.
Tech disruptions always leave winners and losers in their wake and ebooks are no exception.
agreed. If you look at the history of books over the last 100+ years, you will see that the way authors make their money has changed tremendously over the years. Mark Twain made his money via newspaper serials and speaking tours, as did most of the authors of the time. The writers from the 20's through the 60's made their money via magazines. The 70's and up via paperback sales.