Apparently driving your employees to self destruct works just as well for your competition. Although the outlook on self publishing seems very rosey, it looks like there is one company who is going to be the 800lb gorilla of that world. This worries me a bit, actually more than a bit. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cable TV, Desktop Operating systems, or Drivers Licensees. If there is a single vendor, then the quality suffers and the costs go up.
The analogies can be made for the PIC’s working environment.. i.e. the single employer. In any situation where the employer is the only source of income for an individual, the relationship can become difficult. Don’t believe me? Have you ever seen a company treat its quality employees differently than it treats its quality vendors?
In many markets, there are usually two vendors who percolate to the top. Examples include Coke and Pepsi. Dish and DirecTV. Playstation and Xbox. There are uncounted examples in markets that aren’t consumer goods, think Boeing and Airbus. Even this situation is preferable to the monopoly position that seems to be developing in the world of self publishing. I’m pretty sure this will be a challenge for me moving forward. I’m going to have to figure out a way around it.
I wonder if I can find the answer in a book somewhere?