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Frequently Asked Question: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeThis month’s question from the Insecure Writers Support Group calls for a great deal of speculation. I am not The Amazing Kreskin, so this is not my strong suit. All the same, I have some thoughts.

1. An understanding by authors that, while it’s perfectly fine to run your business as you see fit, there are a lot of reasons to use wide distribution rather than going exclusive with one retail partner. One of those reasons is that it’s narrow, short-term thinking. Not all partners hold the same market share around the world, and it’s a good idea to make sure that more people, rather than fewer, have access to your work.

2. Monetizing your work is not the endgame. Writing for the love of it is fine; making a living at writing is less and less likely all the time. Having a few cents trickle in here and there is going to be the outcome for most of us.

3. Due to COVID-19, I think that in-person events are going to be harder to manage. That’s a bummer, because I like meeting readers. It’s true that these events take a toll on me physically (for those who don’t know, I have a non-communicable autoimmune disease), but it’s still nice to see people’s faces and talk about my work. I don’t know any more about how this will look than I do anything else.


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