After the phenomenal success of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, publishers are out to hunt new and unpublished authors, searching for the next E L James.
Fifty Sahdes of Grey was initially published as an eBook over a fan site and from there, it eventually became the fastest selling book of all time. this pretty much depicts the power of the new digital publishing world and the doors of opportunities it has opened for new and unpublished authors.
In search for new authors, Pearson, one of the largest publishing companies of the US, purchased Author Solutions which happens to be one of the major grassroot publishers located in Indiana. this acquisition was done in £74m and aims at having the works of the new authors at grassroot level.
Pearson has previously also launched Book Country, a website where new fiction authors can have their work published.
Denise Mina, a Glaswegian author, believes that the rise of digital publishing would considerably alter the ways authors set about writing.
She recently received Crime Novel of the Year award for her latest piece of fiction, The End of the Wasp Season. She said that with the rise of electronic publishing and eReaders, the publishing industry would fundamentally change.
An important change, she believes, would be the size of the published books, which would significantly drop. eBook authors would also have greater freedom when it comes to the form and length of their books.
The rise of digital publishing has also made access to publishers easy and just about everyone can get his or her work published.
This has also removed the class differences that previously existed in the publishing industry, just like all other industries. Denise Mina also believes that due to these changes, a lot of working class public would also be able to get their work published.
However, the CEO of Penguin, John Makinson, said that getting published is still not as easy as it seems since every book that is found in the form of eBook is not appropriate enough to be published as a printed book.