I think we can all agree that the development of technology in our modern culture has opened the publishing door wider, spurring more people to pursue writing in one form or another.
But what does that mean for writers today?
If we keep the analogy of the door, then I would say there are two main doors: a door marked non-traditional publishing and one labeled traditional publishing. Because of the wide open doors, both have seen an influx of writers. But let's look at each door separately for a moment.
Door #1 non-traditional publishing: In one sense writing has never been easier; anyone who wants to write can stroll through this door. This includes blogs, e-books, self-publishing, or small publishing companies. Writers usually don't need to wait in line, pay dues, find the right connections, or search for an agent to move them ahead of the others.
Door #2 traditional publishing: This door opens to the world of big name publishing companies like Zondervan, Tyndale, Harlequin, HarperCollins, etc. The door to traditional publishing is open wider than ever before, but the line to get in is phenomenally long. Writers usually have to bide their time, pay dues (i.e. conferences), make connections, and fight to find an agent who can help them in.
Many writers standing in line for door #2, traditional publishing, get fed up with the long wait. Days and months, even years pass waiting in line. While waiting we may feel like we have to jump through hoops, smooze the right people, and draw attention to ourselves--all in the name of getting closer to that door.
What door are you trying to get through, non-traditional publishing or traditional? And why are you choosing that door? I'm curious to know which way you're headed and why!
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