Publishing Perspectives on how authors now have a second job, one that involves connecting with the media and the masses to first build a platform, and second, make themselves and their ideas “discoverable.”
The days of fat advances and bookstores buying tens of thousands of copies of a single title are gone – enjoyed now only by the lucky few with household names or status. For the rest of the world’s authors — and there are some 300,000 titles published annually according to the American Booksellers Association – the process of publishing has undergone a major change. No longer is the author’s job done when he has delivered something brilliant that can be bound between covers or transmitted to any one of a dozen digital reading devices. Authors now have a second job, one that involves connecting with the media and the masses to first build a platform, and second, make themselves and their ideas “discoverable.”
Techdirt digs deep to dish the dirt on why copyright is limiting the public's access to older works, which highlights the reality of what a copyright is really worth, commercially, and how long it retains that value.
'I don't believe in it (writer's block). All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don't get plumber's block, and doctors don't get doctor's block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?'