Digital Publishing and You

One of the topics I discuss most often with other writers these days is the state of the publishing industry today and the fact that more and more things are moving to digital formats. It’s an important issue for every writer and one that you should learn as much as you can about whether you’re writing a novel or if you are making a living as a freelance writer.

This Thursday Writer’s Digest is offering a special webinar on the topic hosted by our very own Jane Friedman (the publisher of WD). Check it out.

Learn more here


About seescottwrite

I'm a writer and editor. I've worked for Writer's Digest, HOW and Popular Woodworking and have authored and co-authored several books including "The Monster Spotter's Guide to North America," "The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook," and "The Writer's Book of Matches."
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2 Responses to Digital Publishing and You

  1. dana says:

    i find digital publishing a tiresome topic.
    now digital WRITING i can get behind. The pleasures of writing forum posts, comments on blogs, emails; now these are topics i want to read about. Does Writer’s Digest cover such trends as Internet Pen Pal sites? They can be quite interesting.

    I’m sure digital publishing is interesting for publishing professionals, but most people who are interested in the art of writing don’t care to read all that junk. The real story is the new writing genres available because of the Internet. Online role playing for instance, that is collaborative fiction writing at its best. Fan fiction. Even role playing games like second life get to the heart of why and how people create characters! Millions of people participate. Way more interesting than how book publishing is changing. For most of us, as long as we can get our hands on a few hard covers and paper backs per year, and, for some, a few digital downloads for our e-readers, we will be happy. We don’t care where they come from or what the business behind it is. Heck, I could read two articles per year on the business of publishing and probably be just as informed as I would if I read all the stupid articles that come out on that topic everyday.

    I hope writer’s digest the magazine will continue to give us WRITERS some material and a sense of community. I do not want to discuss business. If I wanted that I’d read the Wall Street Journal. I want to read and communicate with people who are interested in art.

    If I were you I would encourage people to write. Maybe you could even develop a checklist of sorts, a tracking system like you have for the Writer’s Market crowd, where amateur writers could keep track of writing tasks they’ve done. Keep track of forum posts they’ve made, emails they’ve written, letters to the editor, comments on blogs, drafts of poems they’ve shared, or stories… That way, people would begin to value such activities as important parts of the craft of writing. You, as a writing community could do a great service by us amateurs by acknowledging that writing in these different genres is valid and important, even if it doesn’t lead to anything getting published. Like I said, many of us don’t care whether we’re published or not. I don’t need some smart-ass business person called an agent or editor to approve my art to know it’s worthwhile. It IS worthwhile to me and that’s all that I need. LOL. It would be nice, however, if I could meet a few other people who felt the same way online. You know, for a little community support. In my opinion, that would be a valuable service a writing community could provide.

    I tell you, these blog comment boxes and certain discussion forums really draw something out of me as a writer. There is something about writing in public that is so much different than writing in a notebook. I still like to write in a notebook, but when I’m on my computer, writing in a program like Word feels kind of dead compared to writing on a public space here on the Internet. The only time I use Word is when I need to revise and print. A lot of rough drafts I put in various mostly forgotten corners of discussion forums on the Internet. I think a lot of people like to write online. There are different writing scenarios where people feel compelled to write and pour their hearts out. That is an important element of writing that is not generally covered in the WD blogs. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. dana says:

    When I said editors are smart-asses, I meant fiction editors. Not non-fiction or magazine editors. They are great.

    Thank you for having a wordpress blog. The comment feature works very well.

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