The Publishing Landscape is Changing
Welcome to Artist Entrepreneur Fridays, where we focus on a topic from the business and strategic perspective. This week I have guest post from Matthew Ashdown, Book Promotion Specialist with FriesenPress, a fee-for-service self-publisher.
THE LANDSCAPE IS CHANGING BUT IT IS STILL THERE
By Matthew Ashdown – Book Promotion Specialist with FriesenPress
We have been watching quietly the effect of the recent decisions about the US debt and it’s effect on the worldwide economy. We have witnessed people becoming more wary about investing in the publishing of their books. Will there be a market? Will people buy my book? These are questions to consider even when there is no market crash, but their importance becomes more obvious in times like this.
Anyone who has remained calm in moments of fear such as is enveloping the US right now have found creative solutions to the challenges they faced. Three years ago we witnessed an economic downturn. Back then people panicked. The publishing industry experienced changes, but as you can plainly see it has not gone away. The landscape has merely changed form.
After the last downturn we saw spending habits change. More and more people turned to ebooks for their reading pleasures, something that many of us book lovers have had to come to terms with. A recent article in the New York Times states that “It is also noted that publishers, many of which have expanded in recent years, are experimenting with multimedia products that go far beyond the traditional print book”
“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” – Mark Twain
In these times of uncertainty we are being called to face our fear of the unknown. When your vision for where you are going is big enough, your fears will be mere pebbles to kick from your path. Keep that in mind as you move forth.
Here are three things that you can do today!
1) Instead of contemplating the fear, think of the smiling faces who will read and be inspired by your book. Allow that to become more important than the fear. Remind yourself of this daily, commit to your success, and don’t entertain thoughts of failure.
2) Don’t hang around those who are fearful or don’t believe in your book. Spend time with those who are more optimistic and taking steps to move forward and who support the idea of your book. We can all find those people! We may just have to do a little house cleaning along the way.
3) Action, action, action, even in the face of the very fear. As we take action, as we meet the fear head on, we can transcend any fears that present themselves. We build faith every time we accomplish something we thought we could not do.
4) Be flexible. Be willing to adapt to the changes in the industry. Those who are willing to bend and go with the changes will be most likely to be around in the years to come. This also means using your imagination – maybe you don’t have the finances/time to publish a book now, but can you begin a blog? A diary? How can you further your dreams within your means?
So, in this time, it is essential to remain calm. If you are heading into the world of authorpreneurship then this it is essential. The businesses that thrive are run by those who find creative solutions in the very situations that most people run from. They meet their fear with their courage.
And when I say vision, keep it flexible. Many still talk of their vision of being on Oprah, even though that boat has sailed. Who knows, maybe NY Times Bestseller will be old hat in the near future. That is why thinking of the smiles is best.