Seven Month Prediction

I have some predictions that will concern authors, literary agents, publishers, editors, stores, media, Amazon, iPad, Kindle, e-books, and readers. I also give solutions to problems that we are having in the pubilshing industsry.

Is it possible for me to cover the entire seven months in just a blog? Well, let me give it a shot.


* iPad will take over the Kindle market. This will start a sequence of events that will forever change the publishing industry.

* Those with Smart Phones, along with a .99 cent app, can take a picture of a new 2D bar-code on books. The following information will be downloaded:  About the book and author, the author’s blog and web site, location to purchase the book at the lowest price, trivia games based on the book, video clips, (trailers) along with other interactive information for the reader to play around with.


* Schools have their summer meetings and discuss replacing all textbooks with iPads. Principals raise concerns that the iPad must be more indestructible and cost effective.

* Apple is listening and makes a big announcement. “Goobye textbooks, hello iPad Junior!”

* Authors in the children and young adult genre are relieved, because the market had been falling at a record pace. iPad Junior will increase book sales.

* Google releases a new format that will allow anyone to download any e-book. This hurts both iPad and Kindle. (Let the lawsuits begin!)


* Libraries join the e-book revolution. They download thousands of titles on iPad and Kindle. (With special “library discount” offered by Amazon and Apple.) Patron’s can checkout an iPad, like any other book.

* Newspaper, magazine, and other media outlets decide to go paperless, which means they will go Green, which means they will go with iPad.


* Wii comes out with “e-book games,” so players can interact and read at the same time.

* With Holiday Season approaching, the top authors refuse to lower their e-book price under $8.99.

* Readers take chances on mid-list authors who are selling their e-books for $1.99.

* Amazon, who is making millions off the self-publishing trend, will continue to lure authors who are not ready to be published. Amazon starts an e-book self-publishing program, which continues to decrease the overall value of books. (But at least they are making money, even at the expense of authors and publishers who are losing money.)


* 5,000 new e-book self-publishers are started.

* The e-book rise was supposed to save publishing, but once again things are on the downward slope. Literary agents and editors are scrambling for jobs. Traditional publishers are back in the red.

* The top authors join together with thousands of other traditionally published authors to get rid of self-publishing. The top six publishing houses contact a hundred other medium size traditional publishers and combine with the authors to devise a plan.

* Media spins this latest development as “Traditional authors and publishers become profit driven.”

* Traditional authors and publishers claim they just want to bring back the purity and value of books. The “Save Books” campaign is started.

* Peter “The Lion” Miller, a literary agent powerhouse, joins the campaign.


* Phase one of the “Save Books” campaign is started, in order to salvage the Christmas sales. Machines are placed in all bookstores and mass-market stores that have the capability to print any traditionally published book in the world, while the customer waits. (Takes about ten minutes.) This will save publishers and stores millions in warehousing and high print runs.

* Peter Miller is quoted saying, “These machines are the real print on demand.” (This is a dig at self-publishers. Yes, things get ugly.)

* Phase Two, “Save Books” campaign: Customers who purchase hardback books, will receive another free e-book from that author. (Two books for the price of one!)

* Phase Three, “Save Books” campaign: All literary agents and traditional publishers collectivally agree to stop taking submissions from authors.

* Phase Four, “Save Books” campaign: Funding is provided to Peter Miller to start the “Lion’s Gatekeeper” program. Authors who want an agent or to be traditionally published, will have to submit a query, synopsis, bio, 120 day marketing plan, and chapter samples via email to Lion’s Gatekeeper. Authors will receive a response in four to six months.

* Once the author has been approved by the Lion’s Gatekeeper program, they will receive a validation letter and certificate. The author now can submit to literary agents and traditional publishers of their choice. Chances of being picked up increases by 90%.

* Lion’s Gatekeeper saves the publishing industry billions of dollars. Talented authors love the program, because is separates them from the authors who want a shortcut to success. Slush piles are a thing of the past.


* The new iPad is released. It has so many applications, people say, “All I want to do is read a book. iPad’s are out of control. I’m going to the bookstore and purchase a hardback.”


The quality of books has been improved, talented authors are getting chances like never before, e-books sales level off, and the publishing industry has been saved.

Ron Knight

Author of “2-10”

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