So what does 2011 hold for publishing? The Publishing Insiders – host Penny Sansevieri, CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc.; Search Engine Marketing Expert Susan Gilbert and AME COO Paula Krapf – took a look into their crystal ball to predict the following:
* iPad will get competition as other tablets enter the market. Microsoft is working on one, and Amazon is hotly rumored to be developing a tablet, too. Others are sure to join.
* Interactive ebooks are going to take off, thanks to the success of iPad (and possibly its competitors).
* A number of books will go straight to ebook and bypass print.
* There will be bestselling indie ebook authors who will find success via Kindle, Nook, Google eBookstore, Smashwords, Scribd and the myriad other ways to sell ebooks. Seehttp://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/12/bestseller-shift.html.
* The issues associated with print publishing, including the cost and time of producing the print product, will lead to ebook-only publishers.
* Indie bookstores will become a one-stop source for everything book related, since they can now sell ebooks via Google eBookstore.
( With December here and a new year just round the corner, Publishing Technology’s CEO, George Lossius, looks back over 2010 at the major developments that have affected the publishing industry – in both the trade and scholarly sectors.)
Personally? I see a trend toward a personal best in writing sales for Linda Sands.
And a stellar year for break out writers and poets from SCRATCH.
Not to mention an amazing handful of retreating women writers discovering their own hidden potentials as they attend one of three Write by the Water Retreats.
I am, if nothing else, an eternal optimist.