A few interesting ideas and experiments in this piece on 21st century publishing. I especially like the part about most of the money in publishing going to pay for these advances that aren’t earned back. While publishers make a lot of money (go peruse a few annual reports), there are definitely some issues with money being given to authors for projects that are a complete gamble.
The idea of shorts, and potentially subscriptions, is something I’ve thought of before. If I could ever get off my duff and do more writing, maybe I’d be able to earn some $$ that way.