The digital dynamic, which makes it possible for people to publish books with or without traditional publishing support, also seems to be revving many folks into a shared assumption that faster is better.
As long as we envision “the book” as that thing with pages—or its digital descendant on an e-reader or tablet—we’re not giving the original artistry and impulse behind a new body of work a chance to live as the unique content it is in the context of its creation.
Both from within the industry and from outside it, writerly advice flies at you, continually. Just as you sit down to write, it slams it into your inbox each day. Every time you think you’ve worked out the big kink in that chapter, you’re pelted with new guidance by a rain of tweets. You’re afraid to live without it (what if you miss something really smart and good?) but you can barely think your way through it—it awaits you in terse comments and it slaps you silly in starred rankings. We are an information economy. We’re an advice culture.
In social reading, “How much of the author-reader intimacy are we talking about trading away?” Porter Anderson in Writing on the Ether at JaneFriedman.com
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Porter Anderson’s Writing on the Ether at JaneFriedman.com looks at two mutually influential market forces about which we have incomplete data: ebooks and self-publishing.
In Writing on the Ether at Jane Friedman.com, Porter Anderson looks on the comparative dynamics of literary fiction in the marketplace, amid discussions of Twitter’s effectiveness for authors.
In Writing on the Ether, Porter Anderson at JaneFriedman.com looks at how literary criticism now is divided into three major camps, none fully effective.
On the Ether at JaneFriedman.com, Porter Anderson looks at Amazon Publishing’s latest strides — including $110,000 in Breakthrough Novel Award publishing contracts for authors and a new million-copy seller in translation.
In this week’s Writing on the Ether from Porter Anderson at JaneFriedman.com: A unique discussion between Amazon executives, entrepreneurial authors, and media people at BEA touched on self-publishing and reader expectations.