The more connected the world is, the more ‘social’ an author is now expected to be. I fear we’re locking out the future J.D. Salingers, silencing the future Catchers In The Rye. It is still true, as always, that you do NOT have to be a social butterfly to write a great novel. The next REAL outsider masterpiece may rest forever ignored on KDP, simply because the author won’t fritter with Twitter… 😉
For the past several years, I’ve always begun the New Year with predictions of what the publishing industry would or wouldn’t do in the year to come. But this year? I’m being a rule-breaker and taking a different perspective—one I believe has greater impact and longevity. Algorithms rise and fizzle, publishers go out of business, change paths, or change rules. Heck, Amazon changes its mind more than my mother trying to pick a restaurant. So…eh. Not going there this year.
Unlike the days of early artists, we live in a light-speed society where something can fall flat or catch fire in an instant. This is an exciting time to be a writer.
We are in a New Age of the Artisan. When I give advice to young people about a future career, I simply want them to ask these simple questions. Can what I do be…
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