_ Bob Mayer, "The real gatekeepers in publishing now? Authors."_
"I already hear the screams. What about readers? Agents? Publishers? Bookstores? The aliens from Roswell? That single book buyer for Wal-Mart?
Let me explain.
For many years the choke point in publishing was distribution. That is no longer true with the rise of the eBook. So the traditional route of writer-agent-editor-publisher-sales forces-book buyer-bookstore-reader has been broken. We’ve got writer-reader (of course there is editing, formatting, etc. but that can be outsourced so it’s not a chokepoint any more)." Read the full post
"99.5% of indie/self-published authors will be gone in two years. Other will take their place. And be gone in two years. The gatekeeper to a writer’s success is the writer."