We are seeing a realignment – where will it take us?
This is a great series of interviews that chronicles the current lives of independent publishers. The Coffee House Press interview is a very lucid, open-eyed account to what’s going on within the publishing world. Allan Kornblum makes no bones about where his business might be heading or what he will have to deal with, but also realizing he doesn’t really know where things are going to fall. A great response from Kornblum:
I believe Yogi Berra once said, “If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, you just can’t stop them.” If booksellers don’t order books, we small press publishers can’t stop them. The demise of legendary stores like Cody’s on the West Coast and Robin’s in Philly is heartbreaking. But I still have that damned stupid optimism gene. And that leads me to believe that when the recession is over, new idealists will open new stores, and one in ten will find a way to make it work. And I do believe that booksellers know they need a variety of books to satisfy their customers, not a half dozen best sellers. In any event, we had a pretty good 2008–and I believe in the books we’re publishing, and I believe in the relationships we have, and Consortium’s sales reps have with good booksellers. We’ll see what happens next.
While you’re at it read the other four parts in the series.