Jane Friedman, who writes a blog on the business of writing, has shared an infographic which offers one of the better descriptions of the evolving publishing world. Often conversations about the many paths writers might take include a level of angst (oh my God, we’re all going to die!), defensiveness (my way is better than your way and you just don’t get it) and bravado (out with the old, in with the new, let’s all get extremely rich!!!). As a writer I stand on shifting ground. Whatever path I choose, I’m haunted with buyer’s remorse — Is this the right path? Am I missing out?
The bottom line for me is I love to tell stories and I want to share those stories with as many readers as possible. I’m currently in, to use Jane Friedman’s terminology, a partnership with a publisher, Champagne Books. While I don’t have the revenue potential I might have by self-publishing, I do get editorial support, rendering of the novel in a variety of online formats and in paperback, and placement in the major online vendors such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and others. One other huge benefit for me is the time I would spend in the production and distribution of a book–the business end of writing–I now devote to the creative side. More time to write is a hug plus in my mind. Here’s the link to Jane Friedman’s post. I think you’ll find it interesting.
On another note, DIRTY WATER, the next Nick Sibelius novel will be hitting the online vendors as an ebook in June.
Sex, murder and H2O. Nowhere else but Texas.