First, it’s disrespectful to all the real cases presented in the news daily of actual killing and death. In case anyone has forgotten, we lost a prominent actor to heroin overdose recently, and news surfaced yesterday of a young girl being stoned to death in Syria for having a Facebook account.
But more importantly, isn’t everyone tired of reading articles that claim one publishing model is killing another, or that the publishing industry as a whole is on the brink of bloody extinction? Critics and supporters alike have promised consumers that print is dead, ebooks are dying, digital publishing is taking over, self-publishing is killing…but what’s really behind it?
Unfortunately, much of the apparent need to dominate comes from insecurities about the state of the industry. Publishers may feel threatened by the upstart nobodies who put out their own content, but indie authors are still furthering the stigma associated with self-publishing by clinging to the need to prove their worth instead of relying on the pride that comes from accomplishment. But as new surveys have revealed, writers are still writing, publishers are still publishing, and consumers are still buying books. The only thing we can say for certain is that the publishing industry in all of its forms is changing, and there’s no evidence at all that that’s a bad thing.