Independence Day for Writers
Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Tomorrow we celebrate the birthday of the United States of America— the day in 1776 that we adopted the Declaration of Independence.
Many in our writing community have been declaring a similar independence recently. I’ve jokingly called them the Occupy Publishing movement. They’ve seen the publishing industry as a tyranny of sorts and, with the advent of ebooks and DIY publishing, many have declared independence.
I still favor the traditional publishing model for a number of reasons. I talk about some of those here. But I have to celebrate the exciting new options brought about by these changes. No longer is there only one way to be published.
Aside: My good buddy, James Scott Bell has just published the book on self-publishing: Self Publishing Attack! The 5 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws for Creating Steady Income Publishing Your Own Books. Check it out on his website.
So today, in honor of America’s Independence Day, let’s talk about our new independence and what it means for you. It may be something as simple as the path to an agent and a traditional publishing contract is much less crowded. Or it may be that you’ve become a multi-millionaire since self-publishing your ebooks. It might mean you are testing the waters and doing much of your experimentation in self-publishing before settling on a genre for a traditional career.
So let’s hear it. Are you celebrating publishing independence? How?