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Ladeling Up a Little from Inside Scoop:

Articles about Acting and Writing by  Hollywood Insiders and Published Authors

Copyright 2007 Marilyn Peake

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Double Dragon eBooks, a division of Double Dragon Publishing Inc., Markham, Ontario Canada. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by anymeans, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying,recording, taping, or by any information storage or retrieval system, withoutthe permission in writing from Double Dragon Publishing. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents areproducts of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblanceto actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

A DDP First Edition March 7, 2008

From The Prologue of Inside Scoop:

Articles about Acting and Writing by Hollywood Insiders and Published Authors

K.L. Nappier provides an intriguing discussion of the modern and future world of publishing in her article, Barbarians at the Gate: The Future of literature, Rumor versus Reality.

This is great information forall writers!

With a continued look toward the future, and embracing modern technology, K.L. Nappier provides information about how to promote books through video trailers in her article, Promo Ammo: What Is A Video Book Trailer & What Can It Do For You?

K.L. Nappier’s Article

Barbarians at the Gate:

The Future of Literature, Rumor versus Reality

As if the path of the aspiring writer wasn’t rocky enough, for the past decade we’ve been hearing about the demise of literature; or, at least, literature as we know it. All this wailing and teeth-gnashing: "No one reads anymore!" "Quality is headed south!"

My brothers and sisters, don’t you believe a word of it.

That the literary industry has been going through an upheaval is undeniable. And, during upheavals, it’s natural for anxiety to set in...especially among the old guard. After all, let’s face it, as we become older, we like our routine more and more. I know that’s true for me. And it’s as true for institutions as it is for people. The traditional publishing houses, centered mostly in New York, have presided over the industry since the 19th century. How comfortable with routine would that make you?

Imagine ruling such a fortress of literature for 150 years or more, then waking one morning to the dawn of online publishing and countless, agile barbarians storming your gates. I don’t know about you, but that would scare me silly. And while I figured out what to do about it I just might indulge my inner Cassandra, warn of dark days to come and lament the passing of the good ol’ days.

New York has long gotten over itself and gotten down to work. The doomer-gloomers are being shown the door and the traditional publishing houses have "merged" from the ashes of the ‘90's restructuring. Some survived, some didn’t. But those who did are sleeker, teched-up and ready to fend off the barbarians.

Still, rumors of literature’s demise persist. Here are two persistent literary rumors I find particularly interesting:

1.) "The reading public is in decline."

Oh, really. I guess that explains the explosion of online publishers since the 1990's, both ebook and paperback. And, of course, whether you’re a fan of them or not, the continued success of bookstore giants Borders, Barnes & Noble and their ilk seems to fly in the face of this "conventional wisdom" as well.

Reading is not on the decline. It’s just taking on new shapes. The classic book form long ago added cassette tapes to the line, and now is adopting new family members: CD’s, ebooks, audios, podcasts. That tastes change, that trends shift is nothing new. That there is a deluge of different media entertainment competing for the reading dollar goes without saying.

Yet, for all that, both traditional houses and online publishers alike haven’t slowed their search for good writers in the least. Why would that be, if the book reader really was going the way of the Dodo?

2.) "There are few quality reads to be found among the small and independent online publishers."

This one certainly plays into the hands of the traditional houses, and it wouldn’t surprise me to learn the old guard encourages it. I say this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Go to Amazon.com (increasingly becoming the old guard’s shill), pick any one of the traditional houses and sample the bulk of what they publish. Compare them to what you find at your favorite online publisher. Get back to me with your opinion on this.

If anything, good reading is on the rise as the reputations of small and independent publishers grow among quality writers. The online publisher’s business model allows for bold moves and experimentation. And that allows them to take chances with fresh, new talent when the traditional houses can’t or won’t.

One of the primary reasons you don’t hear about the great talent available in online publishing is that the mainstream publicity machine of this still-young venue remains undeveloped. And that is something that needs to change. Hopefully it will as the industry matures.

Nevertheless, slowly but surely, the word is getting out. Case in point:

The First Annual Muse Online Writers’ Conference, open to writers and readers alike, was 1000 attendees strong. One thousand attendees to a completely new conference and concept!

Even as the barbarians’ publicity machine is beginning to warm up, we’re getting noticed. Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of "Wired" magazine, has expanded a 2004 article, "The Long Tail," into a book that was released earlier this year. It says many things about the Internet and business in general but includes intriguing information about online media, including book selling. What he had to say about this and more in an interview on National Public Radio last July adds light to this exciting new dawn.

So bask in that light, my brothers and sisters. As Dylan sang, "The times, they are a-changin’."

And, in this case, the change is very, very good.

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