Hello. I just got back from the Novelist, Inc Conference which was held at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida. This year, the conference focused on Indy publishing and social media. I liken it to a gold rush. Some will strike it rich, some will find a few good nuggets and some will keep panning for crumbs. The buzzwords were all about discoverability, distribution, diversification, dedicated work time, metadata, SEO (Search Engine Optimization,) trajectory, back lists, and global mobilization.
What does all of this mean?
Well, for writers it means a whole new world of possibilities in both print and e-book. Future readers will depend on their phones more than ever and they will read on their phones more than ever. Our back list will never go away so we need to know how to promote and maintain our words for a very long time. It’s important to work with professionals no matter whether you use a traditional or independent publishing mode.
For readers, it’s all about the convenience and availability of being able to read from one device to another, in any language and at any time simply with the touch of a buy button on a screen. One speaker pointed out that print isn’t going away but e-books are here to stay. So we have lots of choices as both writers and readers. I’m learning all of this stuff but I did leave this conference with a better understanding of the business side of writing. Now for some pictures of my adventures. What do you see in the future for writers and readers?
This is a picture of my friends Merrillee Whren, Lacy Williams, myself, Laura Marie Altom and Margaret Daley.