Saturday, May 28, 2011

Guest Blog: Christine Fonseca on Writing During Uncertain Times

Have you ever seen someone's name on the Internet a lot and thought, "Wow, that person must be really cool, because everyone is talking about them."  And then you meet them, and you're like, "Wow, I'm cool now because I'm associated with this person everyone thinks is cool."  And then you get to know them a little bit, and you're like, "Wow, now I know why everyone thinks she's cool ... it's because she's cool."

If you've ever been there, done that, you know how I feel about Christine Fonseca.  I saw her name all over the place, on Twitter and Facebook, and all my friends thought she was awesome, and now I know why.  

Because she's awesome.

She's so awesome, in fact, that she has written today's guest post.  So, without furthering the ado, here's Christine.

Writing During Uncertain Times

Spend any amount of time reading up on the publishing industry right now and you know times are a-changing. Big deals are still happening, E-books are becoming more and more popular, royalties may or may not be getting into the hands of authors as they should, agents are considering becoming e-publishers, midlist authors are not getting into brick and mortar stores as often, and  writers are just…wondering:

“Should I consider self-publishing?”
“Is this the right time to be in this crazy business?”
“Can I do this?”
“What does the future hold?”

Some newbies are worried about their future as authors, and established authors are just as concerned.

Personally, I think the change is all good. E-readers are not something to fear. Self-pubing is not the great no-no it once was. And this is a great time to be a writer.

That is, if you are willing to grow and change as well.

The key, in my opinion, to thriving as a writer during this changing environment –


Let me say it again – being flexible. In times like these, writers need to look at ALL of the options for getting their work into the hands of an ever-hungry consumer. Diversification can help the new (or existing) author make use of all of the options now available.

May you can self publish a short story, use a small publisher for another work, and go the traditional route with yet something else. The possibilities are endless.

So rather than be afraid or anxious about these uncertain times, embrace them. Now is a GREAT time to be a writer!


School psychologist by day, YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her books include EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS (2010) and 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS (2011). In addition to books about giftedness, Christine writes contemporary and fantasy fiction for teens. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.


Christine Fonseca said...

Awe, you are so sweet Tristi! THANK YOU for having me.

Michelle McLean said...

I definitely agree - both about Christine being awesome and about her post LOL

It can be a bit scary and unsettling in today's market. But, there are a lot of options available to writers that didn't use to be there. I'll probably always go the traditional route for my books first. But if that doesn't work out, well, I have other options I'll consider. :)

Kristal Shaff said...

Great Post. :o)

I've been toying with the self-publishing idea myself. I agree that the tides of opinion on it are shifting, especially now that some agents are even mentioning it.

Danyelle said...

Amen, Christine! I couldn't agree with you more. Change can sometimes be a little scary just because suddenly something in life becomes unknown, but change doesn't always mean bad. This is definitely an exciting time to be a writer!

Megg Jensen said...

It is a great time to be a writer. I'm a freelance journalist & never once considered e-pubbing a viable option for my fiction...until I read more & more about the fantastic novels available through ebooks.

I took the plunge in February and have had great success. I've also never looked back.

Thanks for having a great post like this! E-pubbing is not something to be feared. It's not a threat. It's not a war cry. It's a choice. That's it.

Peace & love to all of you!!! :D

Megg Jensen

Nisa said...

I kind of am addicted to change and I think it's great that self-publishing and e-publishing have taken off. More venues, more to love! Great article! :)

Anonymous said...

Great...I finally fulfill my lifelong dream and write a book and my agent can't get it out of the gate. All my life people have been telling me to write a book, I guess I just started it too late!!!!!

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

I agree. Let's be flexible and look to the future with happy anticipation

Heidi Smith Luedtke -- LeadingMama said...

The key to success in any endeavor is seeing opportunity where others see risk. Changing times look like risky times, unless you see them as opportunities!!

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