When I first started querying publishers and agents in 2001 about 5% of them accepted email or online submissions.
- Nowadays about 5% of them only accept snail-mail submissions .
When I sold my first book to a small publisher, you could find a couple dozen of them.
- Now, there are a several hundred.
When I found a publisher for my next book, the thought of even considering self-publishing was the biggest no-no an author could do to their career.
- These days, if you don’t have a self-published book or backlist novel, you’re in the minority.
When I first began networking with other authors and writers…you know, way back during the mySpace and LiveJournal days I was lucky if I could make a new writer friend once a week.
- Today, every other person is an “author”.
Despite it all seeming easier, because the internet makes most things possible, those of us who have been in the trenches from the earlier days of online publishing and didn’t break through to the mass market type audiences, are still struggling. Now we’re being hidden on places like Amazon and Facebook because 1. we can’t afford to pay for constant promotion and/or 2. are lost in the sea of free and .99c ebooks, a big chunk of which are self-published and…sorry to say this, crap.