A reminder: Please remember to keep an eye on Writer’s Toolkit (on the Page links above) as I update them every day. There are juicy tidbits and notices on free conferences, webinars. I get them from surfing the web for resources and bring them back here for you. It will save you hours and hours of combing the web so you can get the tools and get on with your writing.
I first found this report in Nathan Bransford’s blog. Simon & Schuster is merging with Author Solutions; the latter being the source of a lot of complaints from writers who had entered into deals with Author Solutions.
Emily Suess has been keeping track of the horrors that authors go through at iUniverse, which is owned by Author Solutions. See her hard work here. And since she is onto of the iUniverse world, she has also added an article about this merger.
And go directly to the source of the merger at this link.
I have one thing to say about this and about the great merger of Random House and Penguin which is still in the works; many enthusiastic guesses on the merged name can be found on Twitter, if you want to find some laughs in all of these changes. My word on this is that the publishing world is in a tumult today some comparing it to Gutenberg’s press creating comparative commotion in the world of writing and book publishing. I don’t think that it has come to that level of paroxysm. But I will say, to assuage any fear, that there will always be writers, as you and I can attest to, and there will always be readers. And that in itself will bring the force of change for the better in the long hall for both the writer and reader. In the end both are the parties that determine the market and no one industry or brand is greater than the forces on either side of the industry; the creator and the consumer. It has been so for century upon century and will be so now. We,ultimately, hold the cards. Let them bluster and broil at the others but sit back and write or read, knowing that you are have the ultimate say in the matter.
Until next time, keep calm and write on.