The Business of Writing

Randy Ingermanson wrote a good article for his Advanced Fiction Writing Blog titled  The Future of Publishing.   I think it helps explain one scenario for the future of publishing.

I smiled at the word “Prediction” but he did explain he is not a prophet or seer, just preparing different scenarios on the available data.

I also smiled at his suggestion editors will shift to own companies and edit ebooks because they will be dropped by publishing companies. That is already happening. There will always be “natural attrition” so beware the bad editor and bad agent, but the good editors and agents should find enough clients (read authors) who will pay them to continue working through this change.

For those of you who are still trying to understand the shift in power from the publishing houses and the agents to the authors and readers, then read his article. Get an understanding for the changes that have started because of computers and internet, and also because of hand held devices, including mobile phones.

Another link is The Women’s Fiction Chapter of RWA.  They discuss Industry News: 7/16/10  and have links you can follow of other authors suggestions for the future of publishing. Of course, they also include my above link to Randy Ingermanson’s article.

One of the links goes to Jeannie Ruesch’s article on what a published author needs on their website in the Websites 101: articles.

The basic needs are a simple: printable book list, a coming soon page, and an easy way to contact the author. Of course, your blog can include these pages, and when you link all these pages, including your Smashwords profile page and the books on Smashwords, you are adding to your searchable ranking for those readers looking for you.

Are you game to test the process? Have you put a story up on Smashwords yet?

Believe me, it will not kill you if your story is not very good, but it is encouragement for continuing this solitary job of pounding keyboards to get your imagined world onto the screen. And it might surprise you as to how many people download and read your stories. And “word of mouth” is still the best advertising for anyone in a business.


3 comments so far

  1. Texanne on

    All this business about the business of writing makes me a little dizzy, but in a good way. Good for you for keeping up with it and being brave enough to join the fray!

    • djmills on

      I wouldn’t say I was joining the fray as much as say I was dipping my toes into the water to test the temperature. 🙂

  2. Rabia on

    Believe me, it will not kill you if your story is not very good,

    No, but it could hurt your future sales/downloads if what you put up is not very good. If a reader doesn’t enjoy the first story they read of yours, they’re not going to come back for more even if your skills have improved in the meantime. You know what they say about first impressions and putting your best foot forward and all that. 🙂

    but it is encouragement for continuing this solitary job of pounding keyboards to get your imagined world onto the screen.

    This, I think, is the lure of self-publishing digitally for so many of us writers. We’ve been at this for so long, we just want to share our work with potential readers. I’ve tossed around the thought of self-pubbing, too, because of that. That’s why I occasionally put up free short fiction on my website–the instant gratification factor for me as a writer.

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