This Article is going to teach you the ropes of writing in 3rd Edition.
The Biggest Change
The biggest change is that in 3rd Edition, there are no more publishing industry insiders. The word “insider” evokes images of a select few best-selling authors, with a loyal following of readers who have heard of them and respect their work. Thanks to the rise of the self-publishing industry, however, those “insiders” are now available to anyone who wants to write a book— or wants to write a different book. In fact, it’s a completely different ballgame. Today’s aspiring authors, regardless of whether they have or haven’t previously published a book, have a variety of options available to them.
The rise of the self-publishing industry has made it possible for anyone to have a book published, regardless of their experience level. No longer do you have to be bound to one publisher and contractually obligated to only use their services. With a little bit of help from an expert editor, a creative copyeditor, and a skilled designer, anyone can pull a book together – even if they’ve never done so before.
Key Changes In 3rd Edition
Aside from the above, there are a variety of key changes that make 3rd Edition a completely different animal from previous editions. Here are some of the most significant ones:
- Revised Style
- Revised Structure
- Revised Contract
- More Advancement for Small Publishers
- The Rise of the Indie Ebook
The above changes will be discussed in a bit more detail below.
In the past, writing a book was a fairly formal affair. You would sit down at a desk, get out a fountain pen, and laboriously type out your masterpiece. After editing, typesetting, and designing the book, you would bind it, and walk into the sunset.
In 3rd Edition, this tradition has been discarded in favor of something more contemporary – and for the better. Today, in the age of the ebook, you can write the book in whatever form you choose and in the manner most comfortable to you. There are no rules about how a book should be written except for the most basic guidelines – namely that it should be readable. This new wave of freedom allows the author to experiment and play around with different styles and forms, whether it’s a graphic novel, screenplay, or novel – all with the flexibility of digital artistry.
One of the things that has changed thanks to the ebook revolution is the structure of a book. Traditionally, a book would have a hardcover format with a dust jacket and might come with an optional paperback version as well. These days, with readership trends shifting towards ebooks and the rise of the indie author, that structure is evolving.
Indie authors who want to gain traction in a crowded marketplace may release their work digitally in ebooks first, before moving to physical books. When this happens, the traditional layout of a book is thrown out the window. A digital book might have no paper version at all. Instead, it would just be an ebook.
A physical book, however, still has its perks. For instance, if you want to advertise an upcoming book release, you can take out a full-page ad in a newspaper. Or if you run into trouble with a publisher, you can always go the independent route and self-publish.
Whether you decide to go with a traditional publisher or go it alone, securing representation is one of the most essential parts of the writing process. Whether you are represented by an agency or an individual editor, you will most likely be required to sign a contract in which you agree to a set of guidelines laid out by the publisher.
In 3rd Edition, instead of a contract, you have an agreement. Simply put, the terms and conditions under which you will work with the publisher and deliver the manuscript to them. As the writer, you may agree to various terms and conditions, but you can always cancel the agreement at any time. This is in stark contrast to a contract, which you will be unable to cancel once you’ve signed it. Moreover, an article in Writing Magazine states that an agreement makes the whole process more transparent and, as a result, improves the quality of the final product.
More Advancement For Small Publishers
Thanks to the rise of the self-publishing industry and platforms like Amazon, anyone with a dream of being a bestselling author now has the opportunity to write a book – and to reach a potentially larger audience than ever before. More and more people are discovering the joys of self-publishing, and with the right guidance and the right tools, they can put their skills to use and achieve their dream of becoming a bestselling author.
While the rise of the self-publishing industry has made it possible for anyone to write a book and have it published – regardless of their experience level – it has also made it easier for small publishers to get their foot in the door. Thanks to advances in technology, digital marketing, and distribution, reaching an audience is now easier than ever.
Not only do small publishers have the opportunity to reach a much larger audience than ever before, but they can also profit much more than they could in the past. It’s all about leverage – getting the maximum amount of exposure for the minimum investment. And since many small publishers are determined to find a commercial niche, the ebooks they produce are, as a rule, less expensive than traditional paperbacks. Additionally, they are often translated into additional languages for an international audience. These books can then be sold globally, enabling small publishers to maximize their revenue streams.
Even if you’ve never written a book or have no desire to do so, the above information should inspire you to consider writing. The key is to find the right platform and the right guidance. With a little bit of effort, you can put your creative juices to work and achieve your dream of being a bestselling author.