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.