What does the merger of Random House and Penguin mean for the author?
That answer is pretty simple. Fewer choices. Less competition. More uniformity of royalty rates (like that hasnt happened already because houses are already more interested in status quo among themselves rather than actual competition). Narrowed vision of what is the market and what should sell (and they already have tunnel vision as any number of digitally self-published successes have recently proven). More emphasis on commercial blockbusters and less building authors from the mid list.