Press Release Summary = Traditional publishing faces fresh challenges from online writing communities and zines who use online resources to create, market and sell their products. Lower production costs and access to a large and loyal user-base mean that small, tech-savvy writing communities are beginning to challenge the traditional two-tier publishing model of large publishing houses and corporate bookstore chains. Niches that the big bookstores are unable to cater for are there for the taking in Internet publishing, which means new writers have much greater opportunities to publish their work and make sales.
Press Release Body = FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/12/2006
Online Writing Communities Challenge Traditional Publishing
Traditional publishing faces fresh challenges from online writing communities and ezines who are using online resources to create, market and sell their products. Lower production costs and access to a large and loyal user-base mean that small, tech-savvy writing communities are mounting a challenge to large publishing houses and bookstore chains. Bookstores often neglect niche subjects in favour of tried-and-tested categories, and shy away from the risks involved with launching new writers. As online writing communities move into book publishing, new writers are afforded greater opportunities to publish their work and make sales.
Copenhagen, Denmark - December lst 2006
\'For writers, traditional publishing is very difficult to break into, and once you\'re in it brings no guarantees.\' opines Alan Emmins, journalist, author of two non-fiction books and co-founder of online writing community www.EditRed.com \'But now there\'s an alternative.\' As more people turn to the Internet for information, shopping and entertainment, writers versed in the ins and outs of Internet networking are well-placed to build a fan base and make book sales without having to resort to the services of a mainstream publisher.
The rise of online communities has been exponential as fast Internet connections replace telephone modems. MySpace have grown from a handful of college students to 134 million in four years. The written word predominates as members swap blogs, comments and bulletins. Building a network of readers in MySpace makes even more sense if you have a book or CD to sell. Your network becomes your fan-base.
Online communities are catering to writers with books to sell, and moreover, the communities themselves have identified a market for their own published books. \'Small Voices, Big Confessions\' is a collection of short stories written by members of the EditRed writing community. The twenty writers in question all have profiles on EditRed.com which they used to create a network and and workshop their short stories. They were chosen from hundreds of submissions made through the site and though all have some experience of publishing online, only a couple have conventional book deals, hence the book\'s title, \'Small Voices, Big Confessions\'. Each writer is creating a fan base through sites like www.EditRed.com and MySpace to make book sales.
Alan Emmins points out, \'It\'s an accepted fact in the book trade that word-of-mouth sells books. Every time I\'ve been active online I\'ve seen a spike in book sales.\' Writers who were losing out in the world of traditional publishing no longer have to follow the dictates of a mainstream market as proscribed by publishing houses and bookstore chains. This can only be good news for both consumers and writers.
Contact Chris Lee Ramsden for more insights into this topic. Direct line: (00) 45 35818102 Email: chris@EditRed.com Other helpful information regarding the \'Small Voices, Big Confessions\' can be found at: http://www.EditRed.com/story_anthology.php
For More Information Contact:
Chris Lee Ramsden chris@EditRed.com http://www.EditRed.com
Web Site = http://www.EditRed.com
Contact Details = Chris Lee Ramsden DybbÝlsgade 14, st.th Copenhagen , 1721 $$country