At a recent meeting of the Woman’s Writing Festival, the future of mainstream publishers was brought up. Though it was a casual comment at first, the subject became more insistent, with some suggesting that soon the majority of books available to the public would be self-published, essentially putting most traditional publishers out of business.
Although the discussion of these writers centered around the impact on writers of the traditional publishers’ absence, I don’t see that as the big issue writers should be addressing. I also don’t see the balance between self-published and traditionally-published books to be the big issue. The real issue here is this: When most books available to the public are self-published, how is the public going to find them?