12/8/10

How to Publish a Book: Changing Again

How to publish a book may finally be changing for the better. If you've been following my blog, or any publishing info at all for the last year or two, you know the publishing world is changing in twists and turns that most would not have thought of even 10 years ago probably. Some of it has helped but there's lots more to do in many people's opinion including mine. True, all of the upheavel remains exciting and somewhat daunting for authors and publishers alike, the thing is thing aren't going to settle down nicely any time soon.

One new project that will undoubtedly cause both encouragement and consternation is coming from Seth Godin, who is known for thinking ahead as well as doing something to fix the stuff that's broken. He has written several books and some have been published traditionally. Now he's going to try something else, a more direct to market approach. If it works, and I know it will to at least an extent, it will allow authors to get messages out in a more timely fashion and eliminate some of the nonsense that the traditional firms still hold to like returns and the ridiculously long time to actually produce a book.

If write non-fiction especially, I advise you to follow along. You can read the intro details to The Domino Project here and then follow along by subscribing or liking the page on FB.

As an author, why should you pay attention? Because the days of handing over a book to a publisher and then sitting down to write the next one while "they" do the rest are over. OVER. You are now a big part of "they" and you need to do your absolute best to play your part on the team.

Good Writing & God Bless,
Cheryl Pickett

5 comments:

Barbara Techel said...

Thank you for sharing this, Cheryl. This looks very interesting and exciting.

Cheryl Pickett said...

Hi Barb! I know he will get some response, it will work for him to a point no matter what he does almost because he has such a huge following-one that is well deserved in my opinion. I also feel there will be a lot to learn for the rest of us, no matter where we are in our publishing journey.

Thanks for stopping by!

craig said...

Yep, the publishing industry is turning in the favor of the author, the way it should be!

Several companies not fighting the change and embracing it are AuthorAgency.com, smashwords.com, and openroad.com

Cheryl Pickett said...

I'm aware of smashwords but not the other two, thanks for sharing Craig!

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