The exciting changes that are happening in the world of publishing have the world of writers in a buzz over the potential for new opportunities and networks that are possible. I have been involved in a forum thread on an e-books group site through Linkedin at the moment that started as a discussion of effective methods for marketing e-books but soon led to a many sided conversation about indie authors getting together to publish their own anthologies, previously only in the domain of the traditional publishing houses with their stables of authors to draw on.
Once upon a time most writers lived solitary, isolated existences, chained to a typewriter or scribbling in a notepad in the quiet corner of a café. The advent of the internet, especially as a marketplace where writers sell their services, has led to cabals of indie writers springing up all over cyber space, sharing their writing tips and suggesting ways for getting their books and stories out to the reading public. Added to that the availability of POD publishing services that has opened up to everyone now and the ease with which an e-book can be produced it would seem logical that the next step for writers is to join forces to produce books
Artists’ co-operatives are as old as time and this new avenue for writers to take more control over their work while developing working relationships with their peers has the potential to be a big influence on how writers produce and publish their work into the future. And, the model isn’t restricted to writers as other kinds of artists could easily combine forces to produce books of paintings, photographs, cartoons and probably a dozen other things that I can’t even think of.
Writers that are emerging in the present day have to become pretty savvy about marketing, search engines, blogging, amazon.com and a whole gamut of other concepts that are new to the world of books. Especially for new writers, being involved in a co-operative volume that is produced by writers will be a great way to develop not only their writing skills but their understanding of how to market themselves and their work in the new kind of marketplace that books find themselves in the 21st Century. It is already clear that there are really only two people that are necessary for the publishing process any more- the writer and the reader, and anyone that tries to leverage a few bucks in the middle is going to have to work hard to do so from now on. Into the future it is going to be more and more a case of authors becoming masters of their own destiny as projects like author co-operative driven anthologies become more common.