One of the sections in David Gaughran’s terrific book, LET’S GET DIGITAL, is entitled “It’s a Great Time to Be a Writer.” I agree. In fact, I don’t know of a better time to be writing than now.
Writers have more choices available to them and more opportunity to reach readers than ever before. The Digital Renaissance is here, giving authors unprecedented access to a global audience. Writers can follow their own path in this new wonderland. They can continue on the traditional route. They blaze a new trail as an Indy author. Alternatively, they can do both. Writers with out-of-print books have the chance to share their stories with a new generation and authors with stories that don’t “fit a publisher’s needs” no longer have to bury their books in a drawer.
The Digital Renaissance comes with change. I once bought music CD’s regularly. Now, I stream in music instead. I once went to the video store to rent movies. Now, I use my Roku box to rent from the comfort of my recliner. I made trips to the bookstores. Whenever I was in a store like K Mart, I’d always stop and look even though there wasn’t a lot of authors to choose from. Now, I have made the transition to e-reader and the last few books I bought have been ones by authors I met on Twitter. A couple of years ago, I would have never even imagined that. Times have changed and so have my shopping habits.
This change in how people buy stories and the affordability of e-publishing means I get to write some fun stories that would have never found an audience because there was no print market for them. It has been a turning point for me as a writer, and I will blog more about that in the coming weeks.
For now, I’m having a great time. I laugh when I write. Sometimes, I get up and dance. How about you? How has the Digital Renaissance changed your life? And to read more about the Digital Renaissance, check out Kristen Lamb’s blog post, The Age of the Artist.