Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG: C-C-C-Changes to the Publishing Industry

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for this month is There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

As someone whose been around the industry block for more than one decade, I’ve seen more changes than most, from submitting typed pages in a manuscript box to doing editor pitches on Twitter (not me, per say. I’m not that evolved). I’ve barely caught up to the changes in the last year let alone ten! Publishing is in its own Industrial Revolution started in the digital era and exploding with self-publishing. We went from having the Big Six to the Six Billion Pound Gorillas Amazon and Facebook collecting cover charges at every door. But what I’d like to see is more industry changes within our own author ranks. That’s why I’ve been busy One Clicking.


Diversity wasn’t something that hit me personally and professionally until Romance Writers of America was right in the middle of a huge upheaval going into 2020 on behalf of systematically stifled non-White authors. This is the industry change that’s been long overdue and will outlast this decade. So many brilliant, talented voices are finally being recognized and explored by new readers. THIS! This is what the new decade needs. Do a search on Twitter to discover lists of wonderful Black authors in every genre from Fiction to Fantasy and YA that are hitting bestseller lists because readers are finally aware of them. Support Black authors/Authors of Color by buying their books and reading them, by retweeting and reposting, by leaving reviews and recommendations, by asking for them in bookstores. 


Children and young people, as well as adults, need to read more about characters like them, as well as those who are different, who are brave, are loved, who struggle and who succeed. Change this new decade by celebrating ALL authors with stories to tell. I’m looking forward to reading them!


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the July 1st posting of the IWSG will be Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

26 comments:

  1. So agree with you that we need more diversity in publishing and that kids and adults need books that have characters like them. And we need to read about characters not like ourselves so we understand ourselves better.

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    1. I try to encourage that every time I buy a book for my grandguy.

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  2. There are so many cultures out there and they should all be represented in books.

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  3. I agree, Nancy! I touched on the same thing in my IWSG post also including acceptance of both genders in all genres. I'll add Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby to your list of books above. I recently finished an arc of this amazing book and highly recommend it.

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  4. What a great post, Nancy. All authors need to support each other--what goes around, comes around. The more we help each other--promoting, recommending--the more we lift each other up.

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  5. I wrote my first book in the early 2000s but then gave up for years. I missed the beginning of the self pub revolution. Hopefully I'll catch the next big thing!

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    1. Don't give up! That next Big Thing is waiting for you!

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  6. Great suggestion about looking for lists to add diversity to our reading lists! As for buying books... I've tended not to, but I'm changing :) Now I think that every time I don't go out and buy a cup of coffee, I should buy a book with the money I would have spent :D

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  7. Thank you for sharing those scifi and fantasy diverse authors! And yes, it is long overdue.

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    1. So many many excellent writer . . . and now I have some time!

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  8. OMGosh. Someone that remembers submitting on paper! I typed my first manuscript on a typewriter, but I am older than dirt:)

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    1. Dirt . .. meet soil! I wrote my first six novels long hand then typed them on an old Smith Corolla!

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  9. Thanks for the book recommend. Some those you listed do look a good reads, lol, if judging a book by its cover. Great post.

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  10. I'm all for diversity and variety, and especially for "thinking outside the box" stories and writing. Make the extraordinary part of the ordinary. I'm hoping, because of my personal "less ordinary" adventures, my upcoming travel memoir will draw attention and interest as well. :-)

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  11. Writing on a manual typewriter with carbon paper and having to use white-out for mistakes was a pain. My greatest fear today is that our future could involve revolving brown-outs because of rising temperatures and the grids' inability to handle the load. Of course if that happens, we have more to worry about than writing our books. :(

    I love the support you/we show for all writers. A great post.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that and now I wonder why not. Geez, back to the future indeed.

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  13. I would never in a million years make a pitch for my writing on Twitter! If I'm to be honest, my Twitter is something of a dumpster fire. I mostly use it to rant about the foolish things said by the Orange Overlord.
    Overall, I think the changes in the publishing industry are great for independent authors. I was never good at the whole papering my wall with rejection slips thing.

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