I used to be a nut studying trends in the movie industry. I used to record the Oscars to see what was popular in the voter's minds (that didn't last long, believe you me) but my Oscar night was the Indie Spirit Awards. I always looked forward to movies and entertainers that weren't talked about by the mainstream. I loved the laid back look of the attendees and the cool, relaxing Santa Monica beach tents that hosted the ceremonies. After awhile I stopped watching movie trends and migrated to books shortly before I dove in to writing professionally.
I've been sensing an awesome trend in the blogosphere lately. Zoe has been posting a wonderful sequence of blogs on going indie. IndieBound.org is finally open with a huge group of book lovers and independent bookstore lovers striving to keep the stores open amidst the giant corporate takeovers (sounds like a Tom Clancy movie) and one of my favorite directors, David Lynch, has taken the indie road with his latest film, documentary and book. It's indie, baby, and I'm so jazzed to see so many avenues of alternative publishing being available for authors to bring their work to readers.
If it's anything I learned while studying this industry is that: 1)nothing is a sure thing, 2) almost everything is subjective and 3) focus on writing the best story you can. I, for one, can't wait to see how far the options will open up for us authors in the near future.