Or drowning in them?
It has never been easier for a writer to get her work published. And that provides us with a wonderful freedom. The gatekeepers are no longer editors in big New York publishing houses that look at our work as a commodity to sell. The new gatekeepers are readers.
And they are an unpredictable lot.
But I love them. They don’t care if a story fits perfectly into a genre mold. They want a good read.
The problem is readers are a scarce breed of humans and their numbers are diminishing rapidly. There are so many ways to get stories today. So many ways to be entertained with sound bites. So many ways to spend our time. Many are not reading books.
I’m hoping for a change in tides. It does happen. I remember when JK Rowling released her Harry Potter books. I was teaching twelve-year-olds at the time. The kids loved the books more than the cookies in their lunch bags. Boys and girls who could barely read, worked through book after book one word at a time, because for them it was pure magic. The room went silent when they had a Potter story in their hands. Rowling changed the tide for children’s literature.
We need more ground-breaking authors like JK Rowlings.
The wave of independent-publishing pulls me up so that I can see the sky. But the counter-wave of readers turning away from books drags me to a lee shore and threatens to smash me on the rocks.
Still, I surf, and enjoy the view.
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