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Two recent contrasting articles caught my attention this week -Scott Turow’s ongoing doomsday scenario for the traditionally-published authorship profession and Hugh Howey’s ongoing rosy scenario for the self-published authorship profession. We know that technology is often disruptive and entire industries get tossed into a hopper every now and then – just ask the (former) steel workers of Bethelem, Pennsylvania. Somehow it’s supposed to be more vital when “artists” are involved, but I don’t see it that way. One person’s livelihood is just as vital as another’s, and when you are a manufacturer – whether you are manufacturing nuts and bolts or culture with a capital C – you have to adapt to changes to the means of your product’s production. Writers don’t typically identify themselves as workers, or laborers, but those with experience in the worlds of professional journalism know better. If you’re making something to be sold in a marketplace, you’re a worker, and among your responsibilities are: knowing your consumers, reaching them, pricing accordingly, and so on. It’s a business, and lofty ideals mean nothing in terms of dollars and sense. Writers are lucky in that they don’t require a factory – those steel workers could never go “indie” – but on the other hand, they’re pretty much on their own. Nobody says it’s going to be easy

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  1. I appreciate the links and the thoughts. I definitely feel like publishing, like pretty much every other industry, is challenging and to suggest otherwise is folly. That doesn’t mean success isn’t possible, of course, just something that requires a lot of work. Like most important things in life.

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