Such an amazing group of people! Today's topic comes from Sandra who asked the following:
Have the recent changes in the publishing industry affected your writing plans/career? If so, how?
Looks like it's time for a reality check. I am excited about the changes in the industry - I think any opportunity to bring great content to more readers is a great thing. I own an iPad and love reading on it. I love the ideas of enhanced ebooks, etc, etc...
Anything to get readers excited about reading.
All of that said, the changes are freaking me out a bit. So many people are e-publishing, so many are asking me if I plan on doing the same. And every time, I am unsure how to answer.
In truth, I respect my friends that have made the decision to self-publish. It takes a lot of courage and dedication to pursue that dream. And while I am sure I could do it, I am just not certain it is the right thing for me right now. I'm still wanting a more traditional route, with the hopes that Digital and Traditional publishing have their "Kumbayah" moment.
I recently hosted an interview with PROPHESY OF THE SISTERS author, Michelle Zink. In that interview I asked her a very similar question about the future of publishing. Her answer summed up my thoughts on everything -
I'd love to see us come to a place where buying a paper book is like buying the Blu-Ray version of a DVD. It would be awesome to buy a paper book and get a download code for the e-copy, too. I'd pay more to get both in one shot, and I think people would then be incented to continue buying paper books even if they had ereadersThat is a future I can certainly get behind! And one I would be very happy to embrace. I dedicated a week to alternative publishing endeavors a month ago - the future is really bright for writers!
What about you? What doe the future look like for you and your career???
To read more about this fabulous topic, check out Jon's post before me, and Abby tomorrow. And be sure to come on back Weds for a double-post: The start of a FABULOUS contest blogfest in which I am giving away a bunch of my fav summer reads, and the start of a new blog chain! WOO HOO!!!