Friday, April 1, 2011
The Future of Publishing and why e-publishing works for Me
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Like most other authors I'm keenly interested in what's happening in our very dynamic industry. The advent of the internet and e-publishing has truly altered the face of traditional print-based publishing. "The future of writing, reading and literacy is bright," says author, publisher, writer and blogger, Jane Friedman, but "the future of paper-based publishing is bleak."
I stepped into the world of e-publishing somewhat tentatively, still dogged by the feeling that this was a 'second best' option. Over the past 12 months my understanding has become greater and my perception has taken a turnaround. The possibilities of e-publishing are almost infinite for the hard-working writer. For me, one of the key differences is that I can write and be published in any length - word count is not such an issue. I've always been happiest when writing shorter. Writing and publishing novellas and stories of 10-15,000 words are now very achievable alternatives to the hard slog of the full-length novel. If that makes me lazy, I'm okay with it (and if I was offered a contract with one of the Big 6 would I take it? You bet!).
Friedman asserts that anyone working for a "legacy" publisher or agency is tied into working for that legacy structure. People who are able to work outside of it with models that aren't dependent on keeping legacy profit margins and revenue models intact, will have an easier time adapting. This resonates with me. Throughout my life, and not deliberately, I've had a tendency to be outside the mainstream. Being resourceful and adaptive are personality traits that have come in handy.
How does Jane Friedman's take on the future of e-publishing fit with your perspective and the possibilities for your own work?