EXCITING TIMES TO BE A WRITER

The revolution has been a long time coming, hasn’t it? For the past few years we writers have struggled to stay alive in the faltering publishing business. Something is badly broken, and at times we’ve had to wonder if we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe we ought to just chuck it and go to work for Walmart.

But then along came a huge surge in the digital or electronic age. For a while we scoffed at the idea that being published in the Ebook format was anything but a silly quest. It’s just a fad, we heard. It’ll never last. No one will buy into the craze. Just keep on writing and struggling against the huge tide of failures in the publishing houses, as one by one they were chewed up, until very few remained on which we could pin our hopes of publication.
For a while, Ebooks were scoffed at as representing the worst of writing. No good could ever come of this, we thought. Then Kindle rose from the crop of Ebook readers, many of them cumbersome, heavy, hard to manage. Soon, competition loomed on the horizon as other companies tried to keep up. Amazon clearly led the way, but others followed. We all know that the best thing that can happen is competition. Prices dropped and soon many people who would soon search for good books to read could afford to buy these readers, whatever their name.
Then a few months ago, Amazon announced that Ebook sales had overpowered the sale of hard cover books and they expected that trend to continue to explode. Writers figured it was time to get their bid in. Some began to publish straight to Kindle, others gathered their backlists and republished them to Kindle. Online businesses offered ways to do this such as Smashwords and listed services that would enable us to turn our books and manuscripts into viable submissions for publication to all E readers.
For more than a year I’ve told myself I needed to get published in this new market. Needed to get back into the fiction world I love so much. Finally I met an Ebook publisher at the Ozark Creative Writer’s Conference in Eureka Springs and, after a good friend urged me to, pitched two of my books. In January one was accepted, the other rejected. Not to be defeated, I celebrated the one and submitted the other to another large Ebook publisher. Last week it was accepted.
If you are writing and having problems getting published, you’d better embrace this new world of publishing. It was once called “getting in on the ground floor.” Probably something else now, but my advice. Try it. Make sure and do your homework, research the publishers, check out their sites, email some of their writers to see how they like working with the publisher. But most of all, publish your work. This is not a market that accepts shoddy work.
Soon you too, may celebrate a new publication.
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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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6 Responses to EXCITING TIMES TO BE A WRITER

  1. Hanny says:

    It's truly a revolutionary era we live in, isn't it? Our whole world is changing faster than the news can report it, and all we can do is hang on for dear life and hope to land on our feet. I'm very interested to see the future of books and the written word.

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  3. My novel, Child Support, was among the very first to be published in an e-book format and is still available for the Kindle and I-Pad through Amazon.com. I was and am very proud to have been on the very edge of this fantastic development in the literary world. Although I'll always read the printed word I'll also add the electronic books to my library on a regular basis and be happy happy happy for a second approach.

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  5. Lemur says:

    I've self published an e-book and then put that in paperback, but it was non fiction and I knew where to find the market for it. I've thought about self-publishing the novel I'm working on, just because I'll probably make a better profit. (Is it my imagination or have authors' advances gone way down?)I never thought of publishing directly to Kindle. (Probably because I don't own one.) Brilliant idea. But how do you balance out the chance to have someone (a known publisher, I'd hope) promoting your work? Looking forward to your thoughts on that.The CRITTER Project and Naked Without A Pen

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