As I near the point where I must decide whether to try the traditional publishing route of query letters and agent pitches one more time, or venture into the growing world of indie publishing (primarily self-publishing for e-readers), I am focused on the ongoing debate between these two sides -- a debate that's starting to look more like the fight between the French and the English at the Battle of Agincourt.
With what appears to be the looming liquidation of Borders, author Joe Konrath continues his compelling arguments in favor of indie publishing in his post One More Nail in the Coffin. Konrath has been at the forefront of this debate on the side of self-publishing, and I find his arguments to be some of the most persuasive. I'm going to miss Borders, but its demise is yet another sign the world is changing. Almost everyone I know has an e-reader and many of them prefer e-books to hard covers or paperbacks.
Any student of history knows that technology can have profound effects. The invention of the printing press made the bookmaking process used by medieval monks obsolete. Will the Kindle, Nook and iPad do the same for the traditional publishing model?
The debate's starting to look like the Battle of Agincourt!