Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021– #Publishing – What about Books in 2030 by Jemima Pett

2021 archives

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I have shared posts from the last six months of 2020 and the series is now closed to new participants.

This is the first post from author Jemima Pett from July 2020 and explores predictions for books and publishing in ten years time.

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July 2020. The IWSG team suggest today that we tell you our predictions for writing and books in ten years time. Yesterday, I read a thing on what it’s like to have to go on a ventilator if you get Covid-19. It scared me so silly that I can’t even bear to think about ten years time. I need to get my act together so that someone can look after my books, published and near-published, and make sure my accounts aren’t left high and dry. It’s not a job for my executor, after all.

Trigger warning: don’t read if you’re feeling depressed, or if you’re a fuel-guzzling white supremacist.

July 2020 – the highlights


Yes, pandemic.

Yes, climate change is now hitting us, just as the worst case scenarios from the millennium suggested.

No, dear teenagers. Not all over forty-somethings are ignorant and selfish. Some of us, and some people in their eighties, have been working on this for decades. Politicians and business short-term self-interest got us into this mess, even when one of the most respected business/economics names (Nicholas Stern) explained that we could invest a small amount to combat it in the 2000s and avoid calamitous costs.

Greed and self-interest are what rules this world.

Although, most of us are nice kind people who go out of our way to help people and make things better for those around us. (Read Humankind, I’ll be reviewing it later this month or early next).

So 2030


Mark Coker (smashwords) gave a good assessment of the current trends and where they are likely to lead us, climatically, economically and politically. Have a good read of it.

People will still be writing, and wanting to publish their books.  Most will be self-published, and more traditional publishers will have gone bust. Independent book retailers will need to remodel themselves as champions of the ebook as well as the printed word.

People will not be spending much money, because they won’t be earning it. Food prices and other essentials will mean limited amounts left for books.

If the world has sorted its fuel economy out, we’ll be living in a machine age.  Read E M Forster’s excellent short story The Machine Stops for a picture of what life could be like.  The scenario of the hero’s mother sitting at home in her one room pod, preparing a presentation—on material that everyone knows—for a Zoom-like gathering, is so chillingly like life in lockdown you can’t imagine Forster wrote this in the 1900s. I first read it at school and it’s been haunting me ever since.

2030 ‘Writers will still be writing, and wanting to publish their books. People will not be spending much money, because they won’t be earning it.’ #IWSG Click To Tweet

What do I personally want to see in publishing in 2030? Low carbon everything, bans on carbon emissions, support for everybody who needs it, white supremacists in straightjackets, and a level playing field for the rest of us. Oh, sorry, publishing, yeah. How about books not relying on how well you market yourself? Don’t know how that would work.

Once upon a time I wanted to live till 2060. Now I don’t think I’ll make it to 2030. Especially with the way we dump people in care homes.

Sorry.  Not what you wanted to hear.

Go and read somebody more upbeat. Hopefully our hosts for the day will help:

Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

©Jemima Pett 2020

A selection of books by Jemima Pett


Find out more about Jemima’s books and read the reviews: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK – Blog:Jemima PettGoodreads:Jemima Pett – Twitter:@jemima_pett –

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Jemima Pett in her own words..I have had a number of different jobs, but in totally different fields. These included social work, business management, computer technology, environmental research. The thread running through all of them was communication – and that continued in my spare time with writing and editing club magazines, manuals, reports… I loved words, loved to learn and to apply my learning to the real world.

Eventually the world just wasn’t big enough, and so I went back to inventing my own, as I had as a child. First came the Realms, a feudal England run by princes in castles who just happen to be guinea pigs – although you can read them as people equally well. Then came the Viridian System, a planetary area on the outskirts of known space where a frontier mentality mixes with big business and tourism. Jemima now lives in Hampshire with her family of Guinea pigs, who also inhabit her fictional world.


My thanks to Jemima for allowing me to delve into her archives and I hope you head over to discover more.. Thanks Sally

22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021– #Publishing – What about Books in 2030 by Jemima Pett

  1. I wondered what you’d pick! 😀
    A year on, I don’t think much has changed, save the US may have started on a journey out of this mess, while the UK has got itself totally embedded in greed and corruption.
    But fortunately most of us are up for saying ‘that’s not how we want it’, and hopefully, we will prevail.
    Rise up for a free planet, as this month’s flash fiction put it!
    Thanks for the airing, Sally ❤️

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  2. While this is depressing to think about, I’m sadly afraid Jemima has gotten very close to the truth. I have no idea if I’ll live to see 2030. I think I will. That’s only 9 years away. Yep. I’ll still be here. We shall see. I will continue to do whatever I can to brighten any part of the world I can touch. Thank you for sharing, Sally!

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  3. I love a little dark sarcasm, Sally. Jemima hit the mark this morning, and I’m smiling. 😀 It will be really interesting to see the future of publishing. And I too wish marketing will be easier!! Thanks for sharing this dive into the future!

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  4. My goodness, so much to think about. Time is precious and too often we ignore the moments. Thank you, Sally, for spotlighting Jemima and sharing her wisdom.

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