Rohan Quine is the 11th author to participate in my interview series with independent authors of literary fiction. If you publish independently and wish to participate, please click through the image on the right column of the screen that reads “Call for Survey Respondents: Indie Authors of Literary Fiction”. If you wish to receive email notices when future interviews are published, click the link toward the bottom of this post, just above the bio.
Last Friday, I posted a roundup post with four writing, publishing and editing experts. I asked what they thought was the likelihood that literary fiction would successfully translate to the world of independent fiction. The post got a decent amount of retweets, which for a newer blogger like myself was pretty exciting. Of course, when you’re showcasing the founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors (Orna Ross) and a top crusader against vanity presses that like to manipulate authors with misleading marketing shpiels (David Gaughran), you’re bound to get some interest, no matter who you are.
Nevertheless, that post had some ripple effects and I grew involved in some follow-up Twitter exchanges with people who liked and retweeted links to the post. Since I’d clearly struck a nerve, I reached out in an act of market research to get their thoughts on literary fiction. Some flat-out said they think the genre, if you can call it that, is full of pretension. No new news there, as the saying goes.
I recently asked four experts for their opinions about publishing trends in literary fiction. More specifically, I queried: Will today’s community of literary writers and readers always remain part of the establishment of traditional publishing houses, or will it eventually evolve to be represented by indie fiction? Why or why not?
Thanks to Orna Ross, David Gaughran, Anne R. Allen and Sangeeta Mehta for their contributions, which are included below in alphabetical order by surname.