Seth was clearly ahead of his time in thinking about the changing landscape of the publishing industry, and was obviously spot-on with the leadership he took to plot the course for what’s next. I shouldn’t be surprised when seeing how quickly Amazon is moving, but it’s humbling to consider in retrospect.
Interestingly enough, I had dinner with a few friends this weekend (two of whom are bestselling authors), and we talked through what a traditional publisher—from a practical and financial perspective—instead of self-publishing.
It truly didn’t amount to much.
When you consider the ever-shrinking advances being paid to authors, staggering PR incompetence of some publishing companies, the control ceded when entering into a traditional arrangement, and the sheer length of time it takes to go from completed manuscript to finished book on bookshelf…