Sunday, May 20, 2012

Neil Gaiman on change

Interesting words about distribution and the creative arts from a man at the top: 

We’re in transitional world right now, if you’re in any kind of artistic field, because the nature of distribution is changing. The models by which creators got their works out into the world and got to keep a roof overhead and buy sandwiches while they did that, they’re all changing.

I’ve talked to people at the top of the food chain in publishing, in book selling, in music, and all those areas, and no one knows what the landscape will look like in two years from now, let alone a decade. The distribution channels that people have built over the last century or so are in flux, for print, for visual artists, for musicians, for creative people of all kinds. Which is on the one hand intimidating, and on the other, immensely liberating.

~Neil Gaiman  


Q. said...

Well put. Thanks.

Alex Black said...

Glad you liked it. I've gotten to hear firsthand the views of both established authors and fellow newcomers, and no one seems to know what the future holds just now.