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This past Saturday at its annual conference in New York City, Writer’s Digest — the venerable 90 year old writer’s resource — announced the launch of Abbott Press, its new self-publishing division. Abbott Press’ mission is to help writers improve their craft and get published; but its creation represents more than that — it signals a new frontier in the indie publishing movement.

There have been several seminal events in indie publishing over the last five years including: the creation of partnerships with traditional publishers; increased retail equality resulting from the advent digital formats and platforms; and the eclipse of traditional publishing as the most popular option for bringing books to readers.

Abbott Press’ creation  is another such event. This partnership, between Writer’s Digest and indie publisher Author Solutions, represents outreach to writers most concerned with improving their craft. Writers that first and foremost write for the love of writing. The indie tent continues to expand and there’s room for everyone who wants to share their works with the world.

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 I have to admit, when I started this blog, I felt a bit like Paul Revere, a lone voice warning of impending change and struggle. But slowly, more and more people have come to realize, that indeed publishing has been engaged in revolutionary change.  A recent example is an article written by Carla King on the blog Media Shift. The title of the article, is actually the title to this blog post.

Blog post on PBS.org declares stigma is gone from self-publishing

In her post, she gives ten reasons why 2010 was a turning point. Here are some of the key ones.

  • Ease of technology attracts traditionally published authors to go indi
  • The social graph makes conversations and recommendations easier
  • Online communities and curation continue to grow
  • Out-of-print titles continue to be revived, shared, and sold
  • The single-purpose e-book reader phases out
  • Transmedia “immersive” books and apps become more common

The full article is worth a read. The Revolution is happening.

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Author Solutions, Inc. announced recently an exclusive first-look film project partnership with Hollywood agency Principal Entertainment. Essentially, it gives Principal the first opportunity to check out new ASI titles and consider them for optioning as possible film projects.

This announcement perfectly illustrates that in this ever-expanding indie world the potential for content to be adapted across platforms is making exciting new opportunities available to its creators. In books we see that a book is no longer just about ink on paper; but includes ebooks and apps and vooks and audio books. The choices for consumers are endless and the barriers for writers to reach consumers have been toppled.

The Principal partnership represents another obstacle on the verge of disappearing. As more authors and artists choose the “indie way,” Hollywood has started looking high and low at content that might never have seen the light of day in an earlier era.

“They” say content is king. With writers increasingly contolling the fate of their works, “they” may have to alter that statement to say “content creators are king!”

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