So, Rome is burning - figuratively - in the publishing world, and so to prove how hip they are to the situation, TIME magazine included a fist-full of authors (kudos to all of them!) in their latest TIME 100 "most influential" list, all who have done really well via traditional publishing venues. As someone who is on my way to becoming a self-published author, however, I couldn't help but shake my head at the notable absences from those who've been enormously successful in this more democratic form of publishing.
No one is challenging the literary merits of Franzen, Egan, Martin, etc. - they've all earned their marks - but, publishing is in the midst of a major paradigm shift, so where are the mentions of Joe Konrath (self-publishing's John-the-Baptist), John Locke or Amanda Hocking (it's best-selling authors so far)?
The silence is numbing.