From Big Bands to eBooks

Glenn MillerHere’s the premise. At one time, music was performed by what are referred to as Big Bands. The Big Band had a singer. The singer sang songs written by songwriters.

Then one day, the singer went out on his or her own, still sang songs written by songwriters but maybe had their own group of backup musicians.

Then it changed. Musicians. And playing their own songs.  started writing their own songs. Woody Guthrie. Bob Dylan. Lennon and McCartney, to name a few.

And then of course along came the Internet and video resources that tempt new artists to try to go viral.

The same trend may be occurring with book publishing. Writing a book takes time. Editing it and then revising it takes more time. Then begins the process of trying to get it published either on your own or using an agent. But it there a trend whereby the writer, with help from a team of other writers, decides that there are enough low cost or no cost tools available on and off line to let them publish and promote their own book.

For example, a small team of writers decides they will meet monthly critique each others work. They may elect to invite only others who write non-fiction, or fiction, or poetry,  or whatever. This is not to dis professional editor or publishers, but it does beg the question that if you have no track record but do feel you have something worthwhile to write about, why shouldn’t you be able to create an eBook and sell it for a reasonable price?

If you have an honest, open and trusting team of writers available to provide sound feedback and support, why not go for it. Set writing goals. Distribute drafts on-line and use the face-to-face meetings for follow-up. It not only can be done, it is being done.

Will the process replace traditional publishing; I doubt it. But it does give people an option, a low-cost option that lets them see their words in print, or at least on a screen.

Approximately 340 words.

Comments welcomed!

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About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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