The Business of Writing

Thursday, September 25, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Lately there has been a lot of talk about the end of publishing, the end of an era, the end of old technology, the end of the world, the sky is falling! Some pubs are shuffling around to accommodate new media and technology, some are a little slower to do so. This may upset some aspiring and seasoned writers but fret not, it's just a little bump in the road.

The best thing we writers can do is shift with the times and treat our writing as a business. Zoe has been posting some great entrepreneurship related articles that can apply to writing. In today's society we writers can't afford to shift the responsibility over and be oblivious to the inner workings of the publishing industry. While a bit dire, the NYMag article was informative in how publishing works, the old model. The new model of ebooks may be the future alongside print, hopefully sooner rather than later along with audio.

We writers can also arm ourselves with knowledge about what works best for us. The fact that publishing is such a volatile business proves that it's not a one size fits all model. No sirree. What may have worked for one person may not work for another. And there's more than one way to reach that stage of publishing. It's another matter how you spread the word about your book after it's out there.

Whether small pubbed, epubb or NY pubbed our publishers are in a way investors that have shaken hands with us with the strong belief that we will pull through on bringing them a return on their investment. Same with readers, when we exchange their currency for our books we are giving readers an agreement that we will deliver an entertaining read to them that will make it their money's worth. Sure we're all creative types in the end, but as times get rougher and society seems a little bleaker, casual readers will want to laugh, cry and escape with our characters. And it'll be the writers and entertainers right there like in ye olden times playing and spinning stories about lands far off and worlds that'll make our current reality have a chance at a a brighter future.