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Originally posted by pheonix358
I love paper books, always have.
But I tell you this right now.
The Publishing industry is in it's death throes.
Both of these are literary agents. If you wanted to get a book published in the old days, you approached a Publisher. Now you have to approach an Agent first then they approach a publisher on your behalf. These two Agents in the linkys have not had their doors open to new Authors in a year! It seems Publishers are having a hard time.
Sure, if your Mum and Dad own a publishing company, you can get Published. If you know someone in the industry you may get published. If you are a well known Author, you can get Published. For the remainder of new Authors, good luck!
The entire industry is beset by nameless people who think they can tell a good yarn, type it up on the computer in a week and hey, send it in! Many of these even have their own take on spelling and grammar.
As long as the industry continues to resist change and not explore new models they will go down the drain. What you will have left is the e-book market. An Author may make $1.00 a book from a Publisher. They can make four times that through e-books.
Unless the industry changes it is doomed.
The more eBooks read on a single eReader, the greater the potential offset vs paper books. Depending on who you believe and what is being compared, that might be 20-100 paper books for equivalent CO2 emissions, or 40-70 paper books taking into account other impacts like fuel, water, minerals and human health. But that does not mean either has an impact that is good – both can improve;
Pulp pollution is a serious problem. Pulp and paper mills pollute our water, air, and soil. The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest and most polluting industries in the world; it is the third most polluting industry in North America. There are about 500 kraft mills (including about 45 in Canada and 100 in the US), and many thousands of other types of pulp and paper mills, in the world. Primary concerns include the use of chlorine-based bleaches and resultant toxic emissions to air, water, and soil. With global annual growth forecast at 2.5%, the industry, and its negative impacts, could double every 28 years. People need paper products and we need sustainable, environmentally safe production.
Originally posted by Snsoc
reply to post by pheonix358
How big are these two literary agents? Are they not seeking submissions because they are swamped with Harry Potter wannabes? Maybe they've already got the money-makers they need for this year.