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?  

I would like to see the industry have a better review method for their published digital and paperback books. It's estimated 7,500 new Kindle books are released each day, (or at the least, with a minimum of 50,000 releases per month--1,670 books each day).  Without proper editing, there is a lot of poorly written products out there. And, they are clogging up distributors like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple,  making it more difficult for a good writer to be noticed.

I would also like to see Amazon, which I know caters to the well-known, best-seller writers, take an interest in the lesser-known writers and allow for them to have a wider presence on their site. Advertising seems to be their answer. Advertising is expensive.

Writers today are not just vying for a digital spot, but they are also forced to try to get scores of reviews and followers to be noticed by other social media sites or to get a shot at advertising on sites like BookBub, etc. Reviews, in my opinion, seem to be more difficult to get than they used to be. 

And last, wouldn't be be nice to see Amazon get a competitor? But that is just a pipe dream, not a change we'll ever see in the next decade.  :)


  1. The challenge used to be getting published, now--like you said--it's getting noticed. Wishing you all the best.

  2. It really is a challenge to get noticed.

    As for review self-published books, a step that has someone looking in to whether or not a book was edited would help eliminate the books that skipped this step.

  3. I agree on both counts, especially the quality control issue with self-published books. I understand that not everyone can afford a professional editor, but that doesn't mean one should put out a messy first draft.