The Future of Publishing

There have been many changes in publishing over the years but perhaps none so much as we have seen since the introduction of the internet. many people seem to feel that e-Books will take over and the print book will become obsolete. As a reader as well as a writer I would hate to see that happen. While I do utilize e-Books for research and educational purposes I do not wish to rely on the computer or a reader for my pleasure reading. I many of the writing groups to which I belong the topic comes up and while many people have begun to avail themselves of devices such as the Kindle and other e-Book readers this is not something in which I choose to invest.

In spite of my personal distaste for e-Books during pleasure reading I certainly will not discount that format for my own writing. while it doesn’t appeal to me, there are enough people in the population to make it a worthwhile choice for publication. In fact, it is probably one of the easiest ways fir an unpublished writer to enter the market since an e-Book publisher doesn’t take the monetary risk a print publisher does.

Like e-Books POD or Print-on-Demand is anotehr format that is becoming more popular. While some people may feel it is not a good monetary investment for a publisher, the truth is the ability to print one book at a time can be very cost effective, especially if there is doubt about the sales volume of the book in question. It can be an alternative to self-publishing for those authors who may find a publisher who is a little skeptical about paying an advance or printing a large number of books for an unknown author. This format can help not only established authors get more work before the readers but can also help new authors who have been unable to find a publisher or agent willing to take a chance.

The publishing options that are available today can help new writers get their first book in the hands of readers but they do need to do their homework first in order to make certain they are dealing with someone with a good reputation. different websites such as preditors and Editors, Writer Beware and Whispers and Warnings can help with this process. When writers take the time to research before they even send their manuscript to a publisher or agent they have a better opportunity for success.


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