The publishing industry has evolved to the point where even prominent authors need to repeatedly self-promote across multiple formats, says bestselling author Brad Meltzer. While Meltzer is best known for his political thrillers and as the host of History Channel's Decoded, his latest project is a series of children's books titled "Ordinary People Change the World" which he wrote to educate his kids and keep them off their iPads. As for the next big disruptor in the industry, Meltzer says it's self-publishing.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.

More from Video

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)

Jim Cramer: The 10-Year Yield Could Go to 2.75%

Jim Cramer: The 10-Year Yield Could Go to 2.75%

Elon Musk's Twitter Tirade Is the Dumbest Thing on Wall Street

Elon Musk's Twitter Tirade Is the Dumbest Thing on Wall Street

Replay: Jim Cramer on the Markets, 10-Year Yield, Oil Prices and Foot Locker

Replay: Jim Cramer on the Markets, 10-Year Yield, Oil Prices and Foot Locker

Video: You Could Live in a Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis Home

Video: You Could Live in a Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis Home