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How Publishing Has Changed: Really Useful Links Paul Anthony Shortt

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One of my favourite things about being an author is how open and helpful more established authors are. Whether it’s answering questions at a panel, chatting during a break in a convention, or posting on their blogs, authors love to see other authors learn and develop. As you can imagine, this has resulted in whole generations of writers learning their craft from those who’ve gone before. There is a wealth of information and advice out there.

But the publishing world isn’t what it used to be. Technological innovations and cultural shifts have transformed the landscape, allowing more authors to release books faster and to a wider audience than ever before. While this means there are countless paths to publication, it also means that the advice from years gone by might not be as helpful as it once was.

So this week I’ve looked at how the publishing world has changed, and gathered articles so you can find out what this means for you:

1: 6 Big Ways the Publishing Industry Has Changed – We start with a selection of professional editors looking back at the biggest changes in publishing.

2: How Book Publishing Has Changed Since 1984 – It’s hard to believe that 1984 was 33 years ago. I’m still getting my head around the fact that 2007 was a whole 10 years ago! In that time, any industry will change, so it’s good to look at just what’s been happening.

3: 5 Valuable Charts That Show How Publishing is Changing – Jane Friedman gives us a set of excellent graphs, illustrating shifts in publication numbers and reader demographics.

4: How Social Media Changed the Publishing World – Like it or hate it, social media is the cultural shift of the early twenty-first century. It plays a part in every aspect of our lives and in some cases can help define our sense of self and place in society. So of course, it’s going to have an impact on publishing.

5: How the Publishing Industry Has Learned to Thrive With the Social Media Industry – Social media is so important to publishing, in fact, that I have two articles on it!

6: Modern Day Novel Writing – Lastly, this article provides a selection of links looking at the various elements of modern day writing. Gone are the lone writers toiling away and sending their work out into the world, unguided. It’s a new world, with the most competitive and exciting environment writers have ever seen.

That’s it for this week. Good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.

Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.

Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com

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