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"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
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"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gratitude for Today's Literary Opportunities

I can't imagine any writer bemoaning the fact of ebooks, self-publishing, KDP Select, editing services for hire, cover design services for hire, all the small publishers looking for good books to publish....*cough WiDo cough*

There used to be one or two very narrow roads to publication. Get an agent. Know someone in the business. Live in NYC and work for a publisher. Be a man. You thought it was bad ten years ago? Try being a woman writer in the fifties or sixties. Practically impossible to break into the market.

Now the path is wide and the roads are many that lead from word processor to publication. How can anyone who wants to write and publish their work not absolutely love the options out there now?

Today on G-day, I am grateful for the many options and opportunities available for today's writers of books.

32 comments:

  1. I concur with everything you said and I join you in being grateful for the new way of publishing.

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  2. Your post made me stopand think of all the things I'm grateful for, along with all the writing and publishing options. Have a great day!

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  3. Karen, couldn't agree with you more. What a wonderful time to be a writer. And the gratitude was so important to me, I decided to dedicate the whole month of April and the blog challenge to different letters of gratitude.

    I'll bet there'll be more than just my blog that will be grateful on Monday for Indie publishing...

    Great post. Am following you now.

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  4. ...well said, Karen. I couldn't agree more. Its indeed a wonderful time to pen a story and market one's achievements. A time when the little guy is capable of shouting, "Hey, reader, come see what I've got!"

    Gratitude... ;)

    El

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  5. I'm grateful I didn't need an agent to secure a publisher, that's for sure. And very grateful for eBooks.

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  6. There are so many options now, it's almost frightening.

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  7. I too am grateful for...EVERYthing.

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  8. Great post. It's an exciting time to be a writer :)

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  9. Very true. I'm glad of the choices I have to get my book published.

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  10. Nice post Karen! Lots of options out there...

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  11. Agreed. It's comforting to know there are so many options out there.

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  12. I am grateful that there are many possibilities for writers now.
    dreamweaver

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  13. Gratitude is so important and I'm glad for the opportunities that writers have now.

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  14. Compared to just a couple of years ago, the opportunities open to writers has swung the pendulum back into their corner.

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  15. Loving this post. Should be the hope of publication into perspective for anyone feeling they may never see the light of publication.

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  16. totally agree... can't believe how fast its changed in the last four years
    wondering what the scene is going to look like in another four.......

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  17. I agree - life is a buffet of wonderful possibilities for the aspiring writer. People still read and their hunger is various...

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  18. Hi Karen. Great post. Yea to all the opportunities available to writers today.

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

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  19. I write because I love it. I think the women writers in the fifties (the decade in which I was born) did have it tougher, but many of my heros are women writers throughout all time periods. It is uplifting to me to read their words.

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  20. I am grateful for becoming a writer in the age of the internet. It makes researching the details so quick and fun.

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  21. I just read through your A-G posts. Very informative and interesting. Thanks for sharing!
    until next time... nel

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  22. Very true. So many opportunities these days. The only thing that seems to have dropped by the wayside are well-produced small-press literary magazines - they were my first market, and I'll always be grateful.

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  23. Good post. I'm working on a craft book for Christmas. Does WiDo look at things like that?
    Marianne

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  24. Wonderful post, Karen! Everyone has to find the path that is right for them and their goals. :)

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  25. Thank you sharing & I agree that there are so many wonderful opportunities out there :)

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  26. interesting post
    thanks for sharing

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  27. What a good G word! I'm impressed.

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  28. What a lovely idea, Karen! And it's true, I really am grateful for all the opportunities, and for this blogging writers community!

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