For years, the high quality and integral standards of cover copy books have been controlled by traditional publishers, and the fight for authors to get their stories accepted has been intense. But while the traditional publishers depressed the hopes of many aspiring writers, technology continued to move forward and gave authors the ability to publish their own books.
Digital books, aka e-books, offer the freedom and incentive that allows authors to get published, and in the last few years the market has been overwhelmed with every type of book imaginable for a low-cost – which is great for readers. Authors are able to publish their work for free and have it marketed around the globe – and this is good for them. But there is a downside; many authors, anxious to get their books published, ignore the need to have their work edited and censored, which leaves the e-book market flooded with books that are poorly written and lacking in morals and discretion.
Am I worried about this new market of books? No. The book market is like a big department store with levels of quality goods and a bargain basement where quality and prices are low. And shoppers know what they want.
This is an exciting publishing era. Authors can publish books and reap the royalties that they set without waiting, and readers have the benefit of paperback and e-books. I guess this is why diversity is such a benefit in today’s publishing world, and why great authors like Warren Adler have moved into the digital world to capture the full market.