Friday, November 20, 2015

Now Is The Time, Content Makers

More and more I'm beginning to see some of the pioneering purveyors of ebooks on Amazon's selling machine begin to fade away. The first publishers were simply that: first on the scene. Then, once the scene was discovered by all, the writing abilities and ways with words became increasingly disparate, and the readers sorted the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Readers still do that on Amazon, voting with their wallets for the writers who will survive and allowing to fall by the wayside many of those who were simply early adopters.

Does this mean the gold rush is over?

Not by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I believe the public's appetite for content is only going to increase. As the real world becomes more troubled, it seems, the more it seems that people will reach out in equal parts for diversion. Hence the huge upswing in video games, movies, music and song, concerts, reality TV shows, and books and stories and nonfiction. If you are one of the blessed ones who can provide original, thoughtful content, if you are one of those blessed with a way with words, you're in luck. You just walked onto the modern day set of Albert in Wonderland and it is brimming with people and businesses just fighting to hand you money for your work.

Content is king.

Writers are the kingmakers.

There has never been a better time to get it down on paper and put it out there.

Write and publish. Repeat. Then do it again!


Franklin Kendrick said...

This is very encouraging, John. Thank-you for posting it! It is definitely an exciting time to be an artist. The doors are opened more than ever before, and there is bridge between content creators. I just hope I can create fast enough to do as you say - feed the hunger for escapism. I know personally that I consume a lot of escapism daily - who doesn't? Time to plug away some more on that lingering draft!

Robert said...

Could it be that once a writer becomes well-established he/she might start selling their books directly and not need to compete on Amazon?

admin said...

Good question. I think a lot of writers are probably wondering the same thing. It's a never-ending conversation among my writer friends, that much I know. Actually I love Amazon. They have been very good to me and their algorithms for discovery have helped me build my career far more than I had even hoped starting out. So I'm in no hurry to leave them. Thanks for writing!