I was just browsing through my Facebook feed when I caught Writer Beware‘s post that Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins may be merging. I can’t even begin to describe a little of the panic that rose inside of me. We’ve all been saying that the publishing world had to change, and that it was holding on to old traditions too hard. However, I don’t think many of us writers could expect such huge change so quickly. For those who are self-publishing, there may be a shared sense of comfort in knowing that betting on yourself may be the safest bet in publishing these days. For those pursuing traditional publishing, there has to be a sense of wonder and fear of what so much merging…