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Editorial: A look at the publishing industry
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Traditional vs Indie PublishingSo you want to be a published author. Good for you! Now that you know what you want, let's take a look at the paths you can take to get there.
In the past a writer could eke out an acceptable existence churning out a few books per year with a small following. The editor refines the work, the marketing team finds the audience and pushes it to the shelves. To this day, it's pretty much the only way to get into a major bookstore. Much of the books you see in stores are reprints, heavily marketed works from established authors, or the much vaunted "first bestseller" from a new author. So where does that leave the new author?
Increasingly, the answer is "nowhere". Editors have smaller budgets than ever before imagines, smaller teams and higher bottom lines. Plus, due to the prolific nature of instant communication, they are also flooded with query letters. It is tougher to get not
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