Welcome back to yet another month of the IWSG, a wonderful support group for writers where you learn and grow; where your craft is not limited to a space or region and where you adopt global methods and trends. If you are a writer of poetry, short stories, prose, novels or just a writer, this is the place to be. You can sign here and join the group.
The aim of the group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Before I move on to the question, I’d like to thank all those who made time to download and read my eBook which was available for FREE all of June at the Blogchatter platform. My next option is to take it to Kindle, something I’m not exploring right now. I want the book to rest a while, having removed it from every available platform now. I plan to focus on learning the writing craft better in the coming months before I can bring out version 2.0 or maybe something entirely new!
Now for this month’s question and I’m happy talking about it!
July 1 question – There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
I’ve only been actively writing for about four years now and my blog will turn two in September this year. I have only viewed the writing industry as a reader for long and I think the most remarkable change I have seen over the past years is that a commendable number of people have been able to get published. However, with Self-publishing and going Indie, the other edge of the sword is that so many people have taken the plunge without being well prepared for it. The hurry, the urgency to see yourself as an author and the money this desire has allowed some publishers to make, has somehow caused serious harm to the writing industry. I can say that for my part of the world, at least. Then, the increased pressure of sales and mixing of the writing craft with marketing strategies has caused some seriously good writing to go unnoticed.
A publisher recently told me that it’s a bad idea to go for eBooks because traditional publishers hate eBooks. If there’s one thing I’d really like to see in the next decade, it would probably be traditional publishers taking kindly to eBooks and finding their writers there rather than the cumbersome process of not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. I have discovered some beautiful and well-written eBooks on various platforms that so deserve to see a paperback edition.
At the same time, the way the market is flooded with writers presently, I also fear that in the next decade writing may cease to be a craft and may just become an amalgamation of so many things that aren’t necessarily about writing. What do you think?
Till we meet again, keep safe and take care! Keep writing also, for you never know!