by Jason Rice
TOMS RIVER, NJ-
The first time I got laid off from the book publishing business it was the day before I signed the papers to my first home (Thanksgiving 2001). The second time I had just found out that I was going to be a father in six months (summertime, when book publishing goes on holiday), so it’s not a shock to me that the future of book publishing would come into question. Time Magazine’s article is fairly thin on the real nuts & bolts and very good at presenting flashes in the pan, especially on the self publishing side of things. Which if you ask me seems like the death of the process as we know it. I’ve written five novels and two collections of short stories, and not once have I thought about self publishing them. I know it works for some people, but it’s like taking your pay check each week and setting it down on black/red at the roulette wheel and hoping for the best. Plus you loose the editorial feedback and the steady hand of an industry that is supposed to know what it’s doing. But it works for some people, so I know I’m wrong.