The future of Publishing (…Kickstarter? NetMinds?)

Fresh thoughts on the future of the published-word, by Forbes contributor Nick Morgan, indeed: What is the future of publishing?

Included among his points are nods to new idea sources (on how to approach publishing) like Net Minds is survival tips like: “2.  Traditional publishers have one chance left: form a relationship with readers.” It’ll be interesting to see if/how that could come about.

Related to that^, as we readers continue turning pages both printed-and-digital, is the latest news from the Guardian that: “Kickstarter becomes fourth biggest publisher of graphic novels

“Research shows crowdfunding site made $2.2m (£1.41m) over three months, behind Marvel, DC and Image”

That’s a considerable win for the grassroots/DIY crowd, considering the formidable force both Marvel and DC could prove to be, this year, with the bolstering of the former’s The Avengers at the cineplex and the push to re-imagine the latter’s line up via The New 52. The little guy’s comic may yet stand a somewhat fair chance.

Speaking of Graphic Novels~ The popular post-apocalyptic/horror series The Walking Dead just marked the publication of issue #100 (“THE WALKING DEAD #100: KIRKMAN Talks Fan-Favorite Characters”) -swing by Detroit Comics in Ferndale if you’ve just gotta get your hands on it!

~And speaking even further on Comics -I’d recommend swinging by the Emory in Ferndale on Thursday (7/19) around 7:30 p.m. to join the Book Parties-(-book club) discussion of Wonderboys author Michael Chabon’s epic historical/fiction/comic-book-reverent Pulitzer Prize-winning work The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Join the party.

~

So then:
it’s an unsure time for the publishing world, just as it’s an unsure time for Fiction-writing.

This year was the first in more than 20 when we did not have a Pulitzer-Prize winning author named.

Hours author Michael Cunningham wrote a letter to the New Yorker about this: “Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year…” As a member of this year’s “Jury,” sifting through the three candidates, including Pale King by the late David Foster Wallace, Cunningham clarifies what actually happened when no award was given; “The jury does not designate a winner, or even indicate a favorite…”

Hmm. Read on.

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