In his article entitled "The Future of Print Books," which appeared on his website on November 4, 2010, Simmons outlined his outlook on books and writing as fast-paced technological advances and financial peril challenge the world we know.
He begins with the good news that books are not becoming obsolete.
Forget the doomsday scenario; printed books are not going away. Their relevance in the market is going to diminish over time, but there will always be printed books.Then comes the bad news. He predicts that a financial crises will eventually force our mega-bookstores to close, resulting in the creation of a void for those of us who love books. He outlines a bleak future for both those who write, and those who publish.
In reaction to these loses, Simmons says publishers will continue to downsize through the elimination of positions, holdings, and acquisitions. The net result, he says will be negative for writers, who will lose a market for their writing as the bottom continues to fall out of the publishing market.
The worst out on the table, Simmons turns to a "cup is half-full" style at this point, suggesting this time of chaos will provide a time of opportunity for writers - especially those who continue to churn out professional manuscripts.
His final advice for writers? Keep busy and hone your skills.
Well written, professionally edited manuscripts that inform, entertain, and even enlighten are going to become the new gold standard in publishing.
Sounds like we need to keep on blogging, fellow bloggers. Simmons delves into these subjects in more depth and touches on other aspects of this issue in his article which can be found at http://www.writersreaders.com/category/tips-for-writers/ Be sure to visit his website. It's worth your time.
The important thing to do right now is write and market. It is very important to write articles, blogs, or anything that will allow readers to read your work. Building an audience via social media specifically, and the worldwide web in general, is the best and least expensive way to market your writing.
As the industry reinvents itself the single most important thing for writers is to create content. Then market yourself and your writing to as many websites as possible. Place yourself in a position when the call finally comes that you are ready and have a lot of material to be published.