The reward in my life isn't measured in dollars, it's knowing that I've made an honest attempt at making somebody's life better, no matter how brief the moment.
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Longstanding barriers between authors and readers -- barriers of technology, finance, and distribution -- are crumbling faster than news stories can report.
How much of what we read -- even non-fiction -- is meant to be consumed from a distance? The voyeur culture is alive and well in America. Have I hit the outer fringes of it?
I don't pay much attention to the trends, and conventional wisdom is that you shouldn't chase them if you know what they are because by the time you finish your book, the train will have left the station.
A few years ago I made some overly-dramatic proclamations about never accepting e-books, explaining that "they'll need to pry my paperback from my cold, dead hands." Well, I've changed. Kinda.
Though you may have seen some worrisome headlines over the last few years, I want to let you know that publishing isn't dead. Or dying.
I sometimes worry that publishing leans too heavily on the escapism and that we run the danger of over-escaping, waiting for the literary IMAX to move things forward.
Although popular in the 19th Century when bookstores were confined to large cities, the subscription sales model has been little used in modern publishing -- until now.
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