If you haven’t noticed, there is much talk these days about the state of the publishing industry. Some people say traditional publishing is going down the drain. Others say things are definitely changing, but there’s still a future for the big guys. Amazon is taking over everything. Self-publishing is taking over everything.  Cheap and FREE! are taking over everything. Publishing is going to hell!

I can’t say all the talk hasn’t caused me to worry a little, or at least wonder what my future is as an author. But at the end of the day, it’s really isn’t my concern. First of all, no one can really predict how things will be in ten or twenty years. Opinions are so wide and varied as to be totally meaningless. Second of all, I think it’s all beside the point. My job has never been to worry about the state of the publishing industry. I’ll leave that to other people. My goal has always been and always will be to write great stories that children will love. I don’t believe that need will ever go away. However the market shifts, there will always be a need for great stories and there will always be a way to share them. And people, especially kids, need our very best literature to spark their minds and give them hope for a future that may often feel confusing, bleak, or hopeless.

So let’s put our time and energy where it’s really useful—in our work. Because what’s the point of having the opportunity to share something if it isn’t worthwhile in the first place?


  1. Preach it, girl.

    • Eva

    • February 28, 2012

    • 6:26 pm

    I completely agree. Worrying about anything is a waste of time and energy. Even if it hits you directly (like you’re the publisher), then you plan for the coming changes and deal! Keep moving forward and things will work out.

  2. I totally agree. On the one hand, I do keep up with the publishing industry by reading blogs by agents like Rachelle Gardner, and occasionally other bloggers will mention something going on in publishing. But on the other hand, since I’m not even ready to query agents yet (I’m focusing more on sending stuff out to literary magazines and contests first), I figure that I don’t have to worry too much about how the publishing industry is working just yet.

    • Robin

    • February 29, 2012

    • 7:45 pm

    I sometimes get caught up in reading all that publishing stuff too, but what I need to focus on is my writing. That’s what matters. If my writing is worthwhile, people will read it, eventually:)

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