This is a guest blog by Violet Nesdoly, a freelance writer from BC whose special interests are writing non-fiction, fiction, activities, and poetry for Children, and writing articles, devotionals, and poetry for adults. I have to say I totally relate to Violet’s feelings and believe many other writers will too. It’s also why I feel we need to work together to develop a new model for publishing.
No one has to tell writers that they’re up against some pretty big obstacles these days. The latest Tsunami to hit the writing/publishing world was the news last week that some online bookstores (Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com, Target.com) are wrestling each other down on book prices. One announces a price of no higher than $9.99. Another answers back they’ll do better at $8.99. Publishers and agents are predictably in a dither and asking whither.
* Stiff competition for publication. The internet has outed millions of writers and made them mad for publication. (Go to any agent’s blog and take a peek at the number of followers – if they’re listed. For example, at the time of my writing this: Rachelle Gardner – 1364; Nathan Bransford – 2431; Pub Rants – 1358. There are a lot of eager, hungry writers out there.)
* The need for writers to not only be able to write, but to build a platform, market, speak, network, twitter, facebook, yada, yada.
* Add to that, personal pressure from realistic family members who see the bottom line and rub one’s face in the fact that this writing gig has really only turned out to be an expensive hobby.