Friday, March 26, 2010

The Big Shakeout

I’ve never seen more competition in literature than exists today—yet I’ve also never seen more opportunity.

Writers are flooding toward one spot on the game board. I believe they can be outflanked.


It’s likely that the monopolies will lose their dominance; that we’re entering a feudal, anarchic situation. If that’s the case, there will be a scramble for positioning. We’ll enter a big shakeout that will rearrange things with a few major players remaining. Study any industry’s history and that’s invariably what takes place. Will one of the survivors be, say, HTML Giant? Or are they destined to be another Foetry—or a ULA?

Are there ways to prevail?


1 comment:

Pat_King said...

I don't think HTML Giant has a long was to go before they're considered mainstream. A local publisher writes for them and the numbers they get are impressive. Like I've said before, I'm kind of "meh" on their aesthetics but I can definitely see them becoming major players soon. Hell, some of them live in New York and I'm sure hitting the cocktail circuit pretty hard.

Anyone wanting to compete with them, I think, would need criticism/blogging that equaled the writing.