What do publishers do in a world where anyone can publish a book? It’s a question with a good answer.
What isn’t as clear is what publishers do in a world where anyone can be publish a best-seller. One of the interesting trends in the ebook revolution is that established authors who have had long-standing relationships with large publishers have in some cases decided to abandon those publishers and go it alone. Some of them have been so successful at it that they’ve made more money doing it themselves than they ever did working with a large publishing house.