Friday, October 07, 2011

Who benefits by fewer books at B&N

Like many writers, I am distressed by the ever decreasing number of books at my local Barnes & Noble. Tonight, though, I realized that many of the authors whose books remain for sale are benefitting by this, especially authors whose books have attractive covers.

Why? Because many more books are now shelved face out rather than spine out.


Cheri174evr said...




Michael Bracken said...

The entire publishing industry is in flux right now, and there's no simple answer to this question. Various writers, editors, and agents have posted a wide variety of opinions about what's happening in the industry, what's going to happen going forward, and how writers are affected by the changes.

I think the best things a writer can do right now are to produce good work, try to separate the few facts from the wealth of conjecture, and make decisions based on their individual goals.

Some will chose conventional publishing, some will choose electronic self-publishing, and some will do both.

Because I primarily write short fiction, I'm not faced with exactly the same choices as novelists. It's much easier for me to spread my work among printed magazines and anthologies, electronic-only publications, and various forms of self-publishing.

Ultimately, every story that's published, in whatever form it's published, should draw attention to my other work. That means editors from conventional publications are more likely to seek me out as a contributor, and readers, who often don't care how a work is published, will seek out my work.

In the end, any form of publication that allows my work to reach readers and produces income for me is one that I will attempt to embrace.