Top 5 Reasons It's F**king Awesome To Be A Writer Now

Anybody that’s paying attention to the self-publishing scene can agree that there’s never been a better time to be a writer.

From Amazon, Smashwords, and other outlets to social media, writers have never had so many tools at their disposal or an ability to find and cultivate their own readership.

If you can write what people want to read, you can make a living doing so.

No, it’s not easy, and being a writer takes as much dedication and hard work as ever. But for the first time in recent history, you have the most impact on your success.

Here’s the Top 5 Reasons It’s F**king Awesome To Be A Writer Now!

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Why do YOU think it’s awesome to be a writer now? Feel free to add your own reasons in the comments.

11 responses to Top 5 Reasons It's F**king Awesome To Be A Writer Now

  1. Jeremy

    Love number 2! There’s A LOT OF BAD STUFF out there. But I’ve also found some great authors I’d never have heard of otherwise.

    • David Wright

      @Jeremy – Thanks! I’ve also been discovering lots of great indie writers. I guarantee many of them will not be relative unknowns for too much longer.

  2. Lee

    Be all this as it may, it’s still pretty scary thinking that my success hinges on me, and not the whim of some all powerful publisher. I am not an advertiser. I’m not good at social networking. I don’t want to have to bring all my own hype with me. All I want to do is write.

    All of these things are pretty cool, if you’re in to those kinds of things. I’m not too excited, personally.

  3. PSGifford

    Nicely stated. I would also add it is a great time for small independent presses, particular in genre writing. Genres that oft time shunned by the big houses are being embraced by these small and specialized publishers. The good thing about small houses is that you have a group of similar minded people helping each other out.

    Either way I would re-phrase the headline to “It is a great time for an unknown writer, with talent, passion and energy to spare, to get noticed and published.”

    • David Wright

      @PSGifford – Thanks. Good point. Writers and publishers are now better poised than ever to find their readers. As for the headline, I try and stick to the short, sweet, and expletive-laden 🙂

  4. David Wright

    @Lee – Publishers aren’t dead. I can’t imagine they’ll allow the industry to die off. They’ll likely adapt and flourish once they find their way. Meaning, I still think there’s a place for people to go who aren’t interested in social media. But at the same time, I think to ignore social media is a big mistake for ANY writer, indie or backed by a big publisher. And if you can have power over your own work and destiny without a middle man, all the better for you as a writer.

    You don’t need to spend a ton of time on it, either. Be accessible to your readers via a blog, email, and Twitter or Facebook – engage them. The time you put into it is up to you, you shouldn’t do it at the cost of your own writing, paying your bills, or living your life. But I’d definitely find a way to squeeze in some time each day to engage your audience.

  5. Judith Briles

    Like all five though I love number one.. 🙂 I love number three best. yes, the big guys can do “wonders” on their own but it’s also time to shift the limelight to the indie who put all efforts in reaching a great book to readers. It’s really awesome to be a writer.

  6. Veron

    Hope has again been breathed into my lungs. Great, concise post. I’m not familiar with some of the authors you mentioned in #4, but I’m going to educate myself!

    Interesting times we live in.

    (The digital formats open to authors has also opened up some interesting possibilities of mixed media formats.)

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