Samantha Warren, US author of speculative fiction, highlights one of the many benefits of being a self-published author: the ease with which we may accommodate changes in the publishing industry.
Publishing is tough, no matter which way you go. But if you want to succeed in this crazy world of writing, you need to have maneuverability. One of the things I love the most about publishing right now is that things are constantly changing. There is no one right way to do things, because what works today may not work tomorrow. Amazon and the other e-retailers are always making tweaks to both maximize their profits and keep authors and readers happy. It’s a tough balance and not every author is happy with every change.
But that’s where you need to be flexible. The more flexible the better. When a change is announced, a lot of people dig their heels in. A good recent example is the change Amazon made to Kindle Unlimited where it switched payment from per book to per page. The interweb exploded with craziness and epic freakouts from authors who were super unhappy with the change. False information was rampant. There was a metric ton of doom and gloom talk about how such-and-such change was to ruin everything and it’s all going to fall apart. But I have a little secret for you:
Publishing as a whole will never fall apart completely. There will always be a demand for the written word. I firmly believe that. As long as there are people on this planet (or other planets) they will want to read. How they read might change, but they will always want to read. It’s just part of who we are. Stories are important to us, to everyone. So you need to take advantage of that. And the best way to do that is to be able to roll with the punches (changes) of this rapidly morphing world of publishing.
The Impact of Change
A good analogy for this is the race car versus the semi-truck. Semi-trucks are massive and slow to switch gears. They take awhile to get up speed and they have a hard time slowing down. Shifting lanes is a chore and if they happen to swerve quickly, there’s a good chance they’re going to jackknife or tip over.
Race cars, on the other hand, are small, zippy, and maneuverable. They can gain speed quickly and stop on a dime. They can slip into small gaps in traffic and take corners on two wheels. Heck, if it’s the right car, they can even slip under those massive semis and come out the other side (not recommended unless you’re a stunt driver in a closed course, though).
In order to be successful in indie publishing, you need to be a race car. If those changes that Amazon and the other e-retailers make are enough to bring your current career to a stop, you’re doing it wrong. You need to be able to make that quick right turn, zip under those semis, and come out the other side with a strategy to move on. You don’t have to like the changes, but you need to be able to change with them. If you can’t, your career is certain to grind to a slow and painful halt.
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OVER TO YOU
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