After I finished reading a section of my WiP this weekend (yes, I am almost there!) I turned my attention to news and trends in the industry as a whole. I guess I am in that "hopeful" stage now, looking forward to what might be ahead of me if all goes well.
Clearly, a lot has changed since I worked in publishing in the late 90s (not in editorial).
iPad and Kindle; Twitter and Facebook; Blogger and WordPress; Agents and Self-Publishing.
They may affect the way we think about the packaging of our work; how we develop and execute our marketing strategy; how we network with other writers and expand our readership; and how we approach the challenges of seeing our work in print / on the tablet.
But are these trends and changes helping those of unpublished?
While I prefer the feel of and the aura created by a real book, I do think that tablets are probably our friends. And they make books more affordable (and often solve storage problems for those of us living in tight quarters).
Social networking channels and blogs are, of course, a great way to connect with other writers and allow us to learn from each other in various ways. I don't know whether it would help one sell a book, though.
Similarly, self publishing is a good way to get the work out when one can't find an agent or a publisher. I have heard or read that self published titles can dilute the quality of literature, as there are no "quality" checks. Yes, at the risk of stepping on some toes, I can see how that might happen. I have written some awful stuff in the past (and used to think they were good) and I could go ahead and self publish. I guarantee that those works would negatively impact the quality of published materials. But others, who are better judges of their work than I was of mine, have found remarkable (and deserved) success through self publishing when agents missed the mark.
What do you think?