Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group post the first Wednesday of every month.
This group is about connecting through commiseration.
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
July 1 question )- There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!
As a hybrid author and previous bookseller at three indie bookstores this loaded question has many layers for me. I will now exercise all my communication powers to try to simplify my feelings and projections on this subject as succinctly as possible.
1. I invested in ISBN numbers and barcodes from Brokers when my first book. Back then it was cheaper to buy in bulk. Now, they're ridiculously expensive. This means people are still willing to invest. Why? I haven't a clue.
2. I've seen wildly successful writers sell solely through Amazon using their free ISBNs locking them into a contract. Brick and mortar will not sell through Amazon because due to direct competition. At least the ones I've worked for, and yes, working at bookstores gives you a birds eye view of the publishing industry. We attend conventions put on by pub co.s anywhere from the big top five to Vanity Press.
3. The quicksand of the digital age. Covid has not just killed hundreds of thousands of people, it's the brick and mortar bookstore's final death rattle. We've prophesied so many times when this will happen. It's happened. All is but a click away.
I'd like to see the gate keepers and key holders let go of the power they jealously cling to and accept modern times have brought a paradigm shift to the exposure of all art.