Physical vs Digital Publishing

All writers have faced the question some point in their career, what is the better path to follow? Should I publish my work digitally or in print? This question is still relevant, if not more so now than ever due to the way the media is shifting to be more digitally focused in every way. It may be foolish to consider why there should be a comparison due to digital publishing being more easier to send to the masses and have your work shared online for the internet to read at their own convenience rather than waiting and physically having to grab the copy them self. These are a few points to consider when choosing between both.

Convenience:

It is true, a digital publishing will always be more convenient for the audience due to its placement upon the internet. This allows the reader to read the piece wherever and whenever they want with no worry of misplacing the physical copy. Being on the web means that it can be edited by the editor at any moment, whereas a physical copy cannot be edited once it has been distributed, only recollected and even then it runs the risk of the incomplete work already being in the hands of the audience. This means that a physical publish must always be in premium condition before it is submitted because it does not have the luxury that a digital publishing does in being able to correct work.

Digital books can also be purchased wherever the buyer is where as physical publishings must be purchased from the corresponding store. However physical books will always be better in regards to layout as they look more appealing and can be used as the reader wishes whereas e-books follow the format that they are submitted and can at times look unappealing.

Price:

E-books and physical books range in costs depending on many factors. It is generally agreed that print copies cost more for the buyer with books ranging between $10-$30 AUD or more depending upon the book or quality etc paperback and hardcover, whereas e-books are normally sold at lower costs due to there being no printing costs associated with the published copy. However, e-books also have to pay for editors, format costs etc but the overall copy is generally cheaper to purchase. It is up to the buyer whether they’d wish to pay more for a physical copy or would be happy have an e-book copy instead.

Physicality:

Although e-books may be cheaper to purchase, physical copies of books are able to be touched and placed, unlike e-books digital version. This also allows books to be lent to other readers, to be held in libraries and also placed around homes. Digital copies are also easier to be pirated, a warning that every publisher should acknowledge. Due to being physical

Due to being physical, a print copy will generally be received better due to all the production values that follow such a release. However, this is not to say that a digital copy will not be received as well, it just means that a physical copy will have the benefit of being “touchable” that a digital copy does not.

Verdict:

Although both have very different natures, a publisher should acknowledge the positives and negatives of both options as both are good in their own ways. A purchaser should also ask themselves what would be more suitable for their lifestyle and ultimately, what type of individual are they? A person who prefers a book in their hand or would rather the book be more conveniently placed within their smartphone?

Writing (The real story)

The media often portrays writers living in grand houses with many riches, however, this is not the real truth as most writers are struggling to sometimes even pay rent. This is because for a writer to become successful enough, they need an audience or following. This is often hard enough in itself due to the large saturation in the field of writing, with many individuals sharing and promoting their work online, making finding an audience all the more harder. This oversaturation creates the need for the individual to stand out from the crowd in regards to their quality of work because if not, their work will be harder to become successful.

Finances:

Money is often also another issue in regards to writing. Sometimes to become great you need finances, and with writing, this can be the case. Money is needed at times to buy better editing software, to publish work, and to get work promoted to rise above the crowds. Having money is also sometimes needed so a writer can focus on their craft with their undivided attention. However, it is possible to be a successful writer without great finances but it is a plus if one can fuel their writing career with funds as it may fasten up the process of becoming “discovered.”

Commitment:

A writer also needs to be 100% committed to their craft. This is because of a large number of complications that are prominent in this career path and can deter many would-be writers from entering the field. If a writer is fully committed, however, these complications can be seen as hurdles and almost exciting to overcome. They must also be disciplined in their approach, always training their skills and trying to enhance themselves due to the competitive nature of the field. Sometimes timetables are necessary, but in almost every situation, a writer must commit themselves daily to this path.

Confidence:

It is also necessary for a writer to be confident in their own self. It is necessary to do so because confidence sells and if an individual is confident in their own work and more importantly, them self, it is more likely that they will succeed. Often at times, it is necessary to fake confidence, but by doing so you can develop the mindset of acknowledging what confidence feels like and then being able to incorporate into yourself. It is a must though that you have confidence in your writing pieces because if you do not, it will show in your work. If you are confident in your work, it will definitely be noticed and work in your favour.

These, however, are just a few of the truths in regards to becoming a writer. Although it may seem that the odds are stacked against writers, it is important to acknowledge that it is worthwhile in the end and is a rewardable lifestyle. Although the media may portray a writer’s life as somewhat different, just remember that although it may be different, different isn’t always negative.

Social or Unsocial Media?

Social media, the very purpose of its creation was to allow the world to become closer, more interconnected. This is true and thus it has achieved its purpose. However, it has also scattered the world in regards to its more localised setting. It has caused some individuals to become more reclusive and involved in the digital world, sometimes affecting their relationship with others in their physical surroundings. However, this is not always the case; it’s more based upon the individual and thus, if used correctly, can have many positives involved with it.

Togetherness:

The very nature of social media can indeed bring towards people on a large level that has never been completed before. It brings these people together on a global scale, allowing folk to enter discussions, share ideas and promote their work on a larger level. This allows freelancers and other similar individuals to promote their work to a greater audience and perhaps by doing so, gain more traffic towards their work.

Social media can also bring family and friends together, allowing communication to be present between both parties while around the world. This is also apparent in relationships, allowing long distance relationships to be easier to be attempted through the use of applications such as Skype, Messenger and Instagram. These very applications purpose is based upon allowing its users to share content and stay in touch with “friends”, a very positive purpose.

An example of this positivity is also shown through Facebooks Safety Check feature which allows users to mark that they are safe during a crisis, a reminder of social media’s purpose.

Loss of physical awareness:

The loss of environmental awareness is an issue that can become apparent, however once again it is dependent upon who the individual is whether they exhibit any characteristics of reclusiveness. This issue though can be mostly relationship affecting in a negative manner as it can cause individuals to limit physical interaction with those they are around and instead become consumed within the social media platform that they are currently consuming. My only response to such a concern is to limit the time that you are present in social media and make sure that it does not affect your physical relationships.

Although social media can have negative concerns, I believe that it is mostly positive in its nature and should be used freely, however, individuals should be aware not to let the digital space affect their physical space. If used correctly, social media is a positive creation, and its positives far outweigh its negatives.

 

5 tips to help your writing improve

When writing it is sometimes hard to always achieve the desired results in which you want. However, with these five tips, it shall perhaps help you upon that path and make you more confident with submitting your next piece.

Inspiration:

It is important when writing to have a source of inspiration. This allows the writing to flow more freely and be more powerful. To capture a perfect piece, or as close to perfect as possible, inspiration is needed. To find inspiration, look towards various concepts or people, even perhaps the great writers themselves, and channel that strength into the piece you are currently writing.

Don’t force it:

This point is crucial. If you do not feel the need to write at the current moment, do not force yourself to do so. The end piece that is produced will not be as strong due to being forced and will lack the ability to capture the readers attention, perhaps dissuading the reader from reading later pieces.
Remember, first impressions are everything and making sure that your piece is powerful from the beginning will reinforce your writing and make it as interesting and attention drawing as possible.

Check before submitting:

Do not submit a piece of work without running your writing through a program to check for various mistakes. These programs include Grammarly (includes a free version), Microsoft Word spellcheck (very barebones) and also other various online-based spell checks.  Look at your work as a professional piece and imagine that others will be doing so also. This mindset will help you polish your work before clicking submit every single time, and you will benefit greatly from doing so.

Read:

Make sure you read (as I’m sure you all do) lots of different authors and genres to gain an understanding of how they have achieved what they have. Analyse their writing style, their word choice and other techniques they use to understand how maybe you could incorporate some of these techniques into your writing. Who knows, perhaps you could become the next F.Scott Fitzgerald?

Converse:

This point is more a personal choice, but I do believe it is important. Converse with others authors and writers, perhaps exchange ideas and give feedback on how you can improve and what you have achieved correctly. Also, go to locations, grab a coffee, blend into the atmosphere of that area and just listen. That’s right listen and understand how normal conversation flows between others. This will help the dialogue in your pieces flow more smoothly and not seem forced, allowing relationships between your characters to seem natural.

With these points in mind, I hope to find you writing more and perhaps be more comfortable. Remember, anybody can be a writer, all it takes is hard work, inspiration and dedication.  Goodluck.

Dreamer

I cannot wait to change the world with my writing. That is my ultimate goal, to change the world to be better than it was while I was alive. A lot of events are occurring globally that can be deemed worrying; we check our social media accounts religiously watching all these events being reported upon, potentially worrying us. Do not fear, however, trust yourself and focus on the good within your life. These events could potentially only be temporary so focus on things that matter, like your future.

My dream is to shape this world, potential change it and leave a legacy behind. Now more than ever, I wish to save people and most of all, make people feel. For them to notice their heart beat, feel the cool Autumn breeze brush past their face gently and watch sunrises, basking in the warm sunlight contrasted by the chill in the morning air. I want people to really feel, not just accept their life for what it is but what it can be rather. People need a dream, and I want my words to encourage people to reach for them, even if it takes their whole life, they’ll die happily knowing their life goal is now fulfilled and have left behind a legacy.

This is what I want.

Winter’s Breath – Part 1

The sun was dying, and we all had given up hope on trying to fix it. The land was cold, grasping life by its hand and pulling into its frozen slumber. Even the animals had gone to sleep, leaving us to starve. It was a cruel world to live in, but yet we tried to survive. We had to. When your life is in danger constantly, you would be amazed at the barbaric manners that are adopted by society. Some humans have even become the beasts that we once hunted, turning those who are weak into prey and stealing their livelihoods, leaving them to starve or even at times, using their body as food.

It had not always been this way. I remember the day I read in the newspaper that the sun had been reported to be dying and that NASA was striving to find a way to solve this issue, even if it meant relocating. It was the first day I cried.  Even the scientists gave up, and now they live with us, in this land we once called Earth, but now it is a wasteland of death and plague and lost hope.

“Martha, you don’t need to look.”

I placed my hand on her shoulder, pulling her away slowly from the grim scene. A boy laid in the snow; dark red blood trickled down the exit wound of where the bullet entered. He was only a child.

“Please, just go!” She screamed, pushing me away repeatedly until I stumbled.

“You need not be here Martha. Please, I’ll look after this.”

“Oh, so you can dig him a grave and just move on like he is nothing but a body filled with flesh. He had a life; he was my brother!” Tears poured down her face, bringing forth her details. She was beautiful and once the happiest lady I knew. Now she was just beautiful and sad, no smile ever painting her face no more.

The sky was grey, dark clouds covering the minimal sunlight with their ruggedness. The night was coming, and the hunters would follow. The weather was dropping quickly also, and if we did not find shelter, we would surely freeze or be killed and eaten. The clock was ticking.

Colours

Colours of the sky are golden in colour,

A rich fire of passion and desire

Of new hopes and goals, a brand new vision

Every new day I gazed upon the celestial ocean

 

Dreaming of new places to be, not here

Not there, but somehow everywhere

New lands of exotic folk, following strange idols

I long to be there, and not here; a traveller has always been me

 

But here I am, stuck in this prison

Searching for a key that may no longer exist,

I continue to look, in every crevice

Hoping that one day, I shall be there, not here, somehow everywhere

 

In that land of exotic folk,

Finally at home.