Just Another Day in the Life of a Writer
After a while, you feel like you’ve said just about everything there is to say about writing and publishing, etc. etc. and I’ve been doing so many guest blogs this month, my brain is about fried with it. One thing about being indie is it never stops. I think if I took an entire day off, my email inbox would explode. Right now it’s down to one screen, which is where I like to keep it. Once I have to start scrolling, I’m in trouble.
I also sometimes feel like I’m either writing to the converted or just pissing people off who don’t want to read what I’m posting. Who knows?
Still, it’s the greatest job and I love doing it. I’m going through I, Judas: The 5th Gospel once more, changing some things. And then I have to jump into Area 51: Nightstalkers, my first book that will be published by Amazon’s science fiction imprint: 47North. It’s the first of what will be at least a three book series. With it, I will be merging the type of books I had in Area 51 with my Special Operations books. In essence it’s about a very different Special Operations team operating out of Area 51. More than that, I won’t say.
It’s been a hectic month and I fly out Thursday to Phoenix for Desert Dreams where I’ll be presenting for a half day on Friday with Write It Forward, which is my program teaching writers how to be professional authors.
Last weekend I did a day-long workshop for the Indiana Romance Writers. It was a superbly run event and I’d like to thank Judith and the rest of her team for the great job they did.
I posted a blog at Digital Book World where I said traditional publishing as we know it died in March 2012 and it received surprisingly little response. My emphasis was on the traditional. Publishing will always be around. The extreme change in business models from print to digital is a lot for any business to go through and survive. And I’m just not getting the sense a lot of people in publishing are embracing the change. I see a lot of defensiveness from the same people who were sneering at eBooks just two years ago. Defensiveness is not good. The first true step of change is to surrender. Accept the current situation is not the best. Until that happens, people hold on to untenable positions and eventually they will be swarmed under. The recent DOJ situation has big time implications.
By the way, if you’re interested, please take a look at my guest blog at Digital Book World: It’s a Business—Is Amazon an Enemy or a Potential Ally?