More Optimistic Than James Patterson

connecting dotsIt’s not every author who can afford to take out full-page ads in major publications and not use them to promote their books. Not many authors have had the success James Patterson has had.
Rather than rest on his laurels, Patterson has been vocal about his thoughts on the publishing industry – where it’s headed, how it’s covered and what may happen next. He’s not very optimistic. So much so that he’s asked the U.S. government to give the industry a bailout similar to what it did for the auto and banking industries.
DBW expert blogger (and founder and CEO of Bookigee, a Miami-based publishing analytics firm) Kristen McLean doesn’t think the industry needs Uncle Sam to intervene to survive.
“I’m not that worried about the business and creative side sorting itself out, but I appreciate that there are many livelihoods at stake and therefore lots of anxiety in the halls,” she writes, following an explanation of how the industry will survive and who will lead the charge.
What worries McLean is book publishing’s cultural future.
What is the future of book communities in the US?…. this is the biggest issue facing us as an industry, and it is going largely unaddressed in our focus on the mechanics of the digital age,” she writes.
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