I Got It! #14 What’s Happening in Writing and Publishing Today?

Yesterday I attended a thought-provoking workshop called Secure Footing in a Changing Literary Landscape. Some interesting tidbits I learned from writers and speakers Betsy Warland (www.betsywarland.com) and Kelly Duffin included:

  • The future for writers is fantastic because we are now free to create our own books, forge innovative collaborates to produce books, promote our passion for our subject in unlimited ways and continually reinvent ourselves
  • We will need gumption and adaptability to learn this new way of writing
  • Many publishers are checking with big box wholesalers before they accept your manuscript . Saleability is what it is all about.
  • Over the next 10 -15 years there will be a 10-12 million drop in readers as post- baby boomers pass away
  • The average adolescent texts over 40,000 words per month
  • I need to change the photo on my website because crossed arms means I’m not to be trusted :)
  • One of the most trusted sources on the web are personal BLOGS

The Writers Union of Canada ( www.writersunion.ca) is running these workshops and I’m glad I attended. Made me think about new ways to market Got It!