The world of publishing is changing. It won’t go backwards. Where does that leave you, the author?
If you’re confused, consider this. It leaves you with POWER. Authors have never had it before. What you do with that power is up to you.
Be aware that change is HARD. Publishers don’t like change, and writers don’t care for it either.
Here’s how to end the confusion:
* Figure out where you are;
* Decide where you’re going.
How to work out where you are
Kris Rusch’s The Stages of An Indie Writer is an excellent read. It may help you discover where you are:
1. Denial (Traditional Publishing Version)
The writer refuses to acknowledge that traditional publishing has changed. She refuses to act any differently than she did five or ten years ago, whenever she came into the business. She trusts her agent implicitly (while acknowledging that there are scam agents out there), believes she wouldn’t have a career without the agent’s support, and never reviews her financial statements (often doesn’t even review contracts). She lets her agent market her work, believing there is no other way.
Once you’ve figured out where you are, let’s look at where you’re headed.
Where’s publishing headed? Mark Coker offers 10 trends
Your challenge is that publishing’s changes are on-going. Mark Coker, of SmashWords, offers you 10 Trends Shaping the Future of Publishing.
Here’s his presentation.