Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG: Changes in the Publishing Industry

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

This month's question: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

My answer: I would really like to see an increase in the acceptance of all authors and all publishing paths. As writers, we love the process of writing, but sometimes the process of publishing causes finger pointing, raised eyebrows, and unkind comments. We all want the same thing: to share our written stories. Let's be kind about the different paths we may choose to climb that mountain and celebrate each other's successes and encourage each other through our setbacks along the way.

What are your thoughts? What changes would you like to see?


  1. Yes! The path we choose is our choice alone and every path is legit. No route to publishing is incorrect. I've seen people berate traditional publishing and self-publishing. I wish it wasn't like that anymore.

  2. I would like Amazon to stop focusing on only the bestselling authors, but give others a try. Advertising is expensive, and many authors can't afford to spend bundles on it.

  3. As much as I love to rag on Amazon, self-publishing wouldn't be where it is without them. (although there are moves to change that!)But if we all support each other, we'll all get farther.

  4. I'm totally behind this. There's no need to disparage anyone's writing path especially as what we all have in common is the hard work and dedication we put into our stories.

  5. Absolutely agree! Thank you for recognizing that not everyone can wear the same shoe. We can learn from each other and persevere in our publishing goals. Just as we each develop our own process of writing and telling our stories, we can be supportive of other publishing ways, even those we haven't tried ourselves. Well said.