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Opinion Poll: Is Now the Worst Time To Be A Writer?

Opinion Poll: Is Now the Worst Time To Be A Writer? Topic: How to write a romance novel that sells
June 25, 2019 / By Edda
Question: On a panel, Kristine Kathryne Rusch declared that new writers should wait two years before seeking an agent due to the recent upheaval in the industry. As you may be aware, many book store chains are collapsing after the rise of eBook, epublishing and P.O.D (print on demand). The old guard is either clinging to the old ways or trying to figure out how things are supposed to work in this new publishing landscape. Agents are apparent of the unsteady landscape and there have been alerting reports of agents tricking writers into signing the rights to their novels and in a least one case, the writer's power of attorney. So, would you agree that new writers should wait or is this overblown?
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Chantelle Chantelle | 5 days ago
I think with the turn to digitized media, that independent publishing is going to become big in the next few years and agents/publishers will probably still be around in a lesser capacity or expanded capacity, depending on how lazy readers are. For instance, if I'm going around looking for a new paranormal romance book to read, I could probably find 1000 blogs of self-published books, but I still go to the edited versions that are sold because a lot of the times, the quality control and grammar are far better in the versions published by companies. I don't see this changing any time soon, so I will still be searching for a publisher and an agent. I won't be waiting. It still might take two years, but in the meantime, I'll be writing other works as well.
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Chantelle Originally Answered: Opinion Poll: Is Now the Worst Time To Be A Writer?
I think with the turn to digitized media, that independent publishing is going to become big in the next few years and agents/publishers will probably still be around in a lesser capacity or expanded capacity, depending on how lazy readers are. For instance, if I'm going around looking for a new paranormal romance book to read, I could probably find 1000 blogs of self-published books, but I still go to the edited versions that are sold because a lot of the times, the quality control and grammar are far better in the versions published by companies. I don't see this changing any time soon, so I will still be searching for a publisher and an agent. I won't be waiting. It still might take two years, but in the meantime, I'll be writing other works as well.
Chantelle Originally Answered: Opinion Poll: Is Now the Worst Time To Be A Writer?
I do not believe that writers should ever STOP writing, ever, because that's just what they do best. Writers write. However, I do believe that the market is very picky and not very easy for new or even previously published authors to get into right now. I agree that new writers should most certainly wait to seek agents and publishing until the market gets better--and, on the bright side, it gives them more time to perfect their work so that it is even more likely to be published when the time comes.

Anstey Anstey
I do not believe that writers should ever STOP writing, ever, because that's just what they do best. Writers write. However, I do believe that the market is very picky and not very easy for new or even previously published authors to get into right now. I agree that new writers should most certainly wait to seek agents and publishing until the market gets better--and, on the bright side, it gives them more time to perfect their work so that it is even more likely to be published when the time comes.
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Zach Zach
I know!! After the invention of the E Reading, will actual books ever exist anymore?? And I have always heard when you're a writer you need something to back you up =[ That makes me so sad!
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Zach Originally Answered: What (in your personal opinion) is the worst book you've ever read?
I actually Enjoyed Animal Farm; but peoples taste differ.(i felt sorry for the animals though, it was interesting.) Truthfully, I have not read many bad books because I am so fussy over what I will read; but the worst has to be Twilight. It was Poorly Written, Single handedly Messed up the whole of Vampire Lore & was based on a 'sexy dream'. Many girls my age would disagree (I'm 14), & they haven't even read the book. I also chose twilight because of the big media hype it is getting, so much better books out there and they don't get the lime light.

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