|just keep writing. and eating cupcakes.|
Beyond that advice, what do changes in the industry mean for writers? With more devices, outlets, advice, guides and visibility, publishing will evolve to create more diversity and more opportunity for writers who want to stay on the traditional route, who want to go it alone, or even (and especially!) for those who want some sort of combination of those two. For all the traditional vs. self-pub "it's all black and white" nonsense, the truth is there are lots of options in between. Did you think traditional pubs were stuck in only printing on paper? Of course not. Some houses' digital lines are up and running, while others' are on their way, big time. Are stories outside the traditions of full length novel or literary magazine short story ever going to see the light of pop culture day? Of course they will. From serialized novellas gearing up to hit the mainstream** to "added content" in the form of alternate POVs, prequels and complimentary bonus materials, new forms of delivering content will support and enhance the traditional novel.
Will there be room for you in the new publishing landscape? Sure. Quality reading materials will find a home, and now there are more homes than ever to hang your hat. I don't buy the Doomsday predictions, but I do get excited contemplating what is to come. Reading isn't dead, nor is writing. So get back to work and stop stressing about it.
*while you over there, check out the Lucky 13s getting back to basics with writing and marketing tips.
** start-ups like Coliloquy are only the beginning. Look for the traditional houses to launch their own types of digital serials, too.