It's a concerning time when we hear of many Indie published authors, the e-book revolution, and agents and editors reactions.Some are saying agents are running scared, and agents should be worried.
Have a look at Nathan Bransford's blog, Should Agents Be Worried? Also Rachelle Gardner's blog, Are Agents running scared? It's been an interesting read and in a few years it will be fascinating to discover the outcome.
We all have our ideas of where the world of publishing is headed. I personally think that agents will receive less submissions, as will editors. I also think they will still be around, and be valued by writers. After all, we still need that help in negotiating contracts, and the area that comes after that big Sale. Most traditional publishers now have a digital publishing section, and this seems to be increasing. I don't think there is anything to be concerned over.
We have to remember change is inevitable and we have to move with that change, but not as far as there will be no agents, or editors. There are some writers who still prefer the traditional way of publishing. It's like a computer. The change in the computer industry is strong, from the huge heavy desktop computer, to laptops, notebooks, and I pads.
They are all still computers, but executed in a different way. Hardware and software must change to support the modern computing workload, including media rich applications.
We may see the changing face of agents, editors, and publishing houses, but executed in a different way.
Have a great day. :)