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.