Blogger: Mary Keeley
My daughter made up a crazy, mixed-up story for her two young children. My granddaughter laughed with delight at the silliness of a school bus taking her to her brother’s school and the messed up order of the rest of her day. My grandson stopped his mom early into the story with a pained expression and urged, “MOM! Stop! I don’t like things to be out of order.” Which reaction best describes your natural response to new and different?
I tend toward my grandson’s reaction to change and dread having to learn new ways of doing things. But the reality is that writers—and agents and publishers—need a perfect balance of both these two reactions to thrive, and resiliency is the fuel that gets you there.
Celebrate your resiliency because it enables you to embrace change.
I’m continually amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of God’s creatures. By his grace and blessing we have come a long way since the first hand-duplicated copies of the Bible and other books. And aren’t we all grateful for that. When a need arises or demand for a product declines, something eventually comes along to renew or replace it.
Case in point.
Subscriptions for eBooks didn’t do well in 2015. Subscription services for music are doing well. Why not for eBooks? Some speculate that it relates to consumer lifestyle. You can subscribe to a lot of music and listen to it while you’re doing many other things. But they point out that in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, people can read only so many books in a given time frame. That’s a valid point. As a result Oyster and Entitle shut down operations toward the end of last year, leaving only Scribd, which provides both audiobooks and eBooks, and Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.
The future was looking grim for this revenue stream. But hope sprang anew. Enter Playster to the US at the beginning of this year. Playster, based in London, is a global, multi-content entertainment platform providing one-stop shopping for TV shows, movies, and video games, along with eBooks. The diversification of their product offerings makes eBook subscriptions viable. By April, all of the BIG FIVE publishers had signed on to partnership with Playster. Hope renewed.
Here’s another example. James Patterson has a new line of books, BookShots Books. They come in print and digital form through his publisher, Little, Brown. You’ve probably seen them in bookstores, on Amazon, or in big-box stores. He designed these short, heavily plot-driven novels to attract people back to reading who have abandoned it in favor of watching TV, movies, playing video games, and spending hours on social media. At 150 pages or less, they are a quick read, like watching a movie. Eventually, he plans to expand distribution to grocery stores and drug stores if these books catch on. They sell for $4.99 in the US. His ingenuity could open up a large new market of readers.
Nurture resiliency. It opens the door to free the flow of your creativity.
We don’t have to look far to see the ingenuity of others in their realm. What about you? When you’re discouraged or unsure about your writing future, muster your own resilience. God plants it within you because he knows writers need it. It shows itself first in the form of hope and trust in him. Creativity flows freely from there, and who knows where he may lead you when you act on it. Maybe to that unique approach for your topic. Or to a creative, low-cost way to market your next book. Whatever the need you face, resiliency is the mother of ingenuity.
How easily do you embrace change? Which tools and innovations have made your writing life easier and more productive? Share an example of creative innovation that you have put into action.