Yesterday I went to the Society of Authors in Scotland’s conference – I was actually honoured enough to be one of their guest speakers but more of that another time. One of the presentations was from a number of industry experts sharing their thoughts on the way ahead for publishing. One was Marion Sinclair, CEO of Publishing Scotland, one was agent Jenny Brown and one was Bob McDevitt, head honcho at Hachette Scotland.
Bob linked to the video below during his presentation and I think it’s a great way of summing up the misconceptions that some aspects of the trade have about the future of publishing and indeed the book itself. My experience of young people is that they still care, still think and still engage with books. And this reinforced my feelings of optimism. Enjoy.