Thursday, May 17, 2012

The New Era in Publishing

This is not a new concept, so don’t be alarmed. What I’m talking about is the new era in E-publishing.

At least once a year, I either read Stephen King’s On Writing or I listen to the audio. Right now I’m listening to the audio—read by the King himself—and although I’ve just started it, when he talks about his life and how he grew into becoming a writer, one thing is clear: I don’t think anyone nowadays could do exactly what he did. The publishing business has changed so much.

King spent much of his teenage years sending stories off to magazines and even writing for his brother’s make-shift publication known as Dave’s Rag. The former industry is almost dead, in the form of paper magazines, although it would be interesting to wonder what King would do today if he grew up in this new era.

King would, most definitely, have a blog. He would be extremely prolific and would post something every single day. He would also guest-blog very often and comment many times a day, getting his name out there more and more.

The bottom line is that, even though the way words are published nowadays has changed, he still wrote. A lot.

Can’t get any simpler than that.

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