We are small fish, swimming hopefully around the edges of the pond, and we have no idea what is going on in the minds of the sharks, squids and giant clams.
I wish I could feel in any way optimistic about the way this merger of two publishers, originally founded by men who wanted to make good literature available for a price the working ‘man’ could afford, is going to benefit writers.
Readers, perhaps, will now have a more dazzling market stall to browse, and some of the wares will be pushed at them more vigorously than others. Using all the media platforms, Penguin Random House will have a very loud voice.
Ah me. When I read reviews of new books, I now look carefully for the publisher’s name. I applaud small publishers, and support them by buying from them, if I can.
Readers, you are the crucial factor in this. Please exercise your power.