What Has Changed About the Writing Community Since the 1990s?

Writing community

I’ve been working in publishing since the 1990s, during my college years. (A bit of trivia few people know: one of my first jobs was data entry for a directory of men who served on the USS Indianapolis, by an Evansville, Indiana, based publisher.)

Over at The Write Stuff conference blog, I answer a few questions about the publishing industry today, and what I think has changed about the writing community since I got into the game. Here’s a bit of what I say:

The biggest change by far is the growing voice and footprint of the self-publishing and e-publishing community, and the associated explosion of services for the independent author. While some of these services are much needed and welcome, it’s difficult for a new writer, without a history of experience, to distinguish between a service that’s worth her time or money, and one that is not. When in doubt, look carefully at the background and qualifications of the people who provide the service, and avoid those that don’t clearly identify who you’re working with.

I also discuss:

  • How you can keep up with all the changes in the publishing industry without going crazy
  • How introverted authors can engage with readers in a meaningful way
  • How writers build platform and reach readers

Click here to read the full interview.

Posted in Marketing & Promotion, Publishing Industry.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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