If you spend too long on the internet, you might start to think books are dead. But one of the strange things that is still true, even in this world of iPads and ebooks and endless blogging, is that a book gives its writer credibility.
Today I was reading an article on Guardian Books about radical alternatives to conventional publishing, which included interviews with a number of new authors including feisty feminist Nina Power. The article was tilted more towards an academic type of reader, but I was fascinated by what Nina Power had to say about The Book itself:
The thing that really surprised me was the very different status a book still has in people’s minds, even if the arguments and the texts have already appeared online in blogs and journals … The book still retains a curiously weighty status in comparison to blogs.
I’ve seen this phenomenon many times myself, but I spend so much time online keeping up with all the changes in publishing that I’d begun to wonder if it still held true. The fact is that you can use a well-written, well-presented book to enhance your credibility in your chosen field. It’s still true today, though the publishing world be turning a little to one side these days! 😉
And this is another little tip I’ll give you for free… the average reader does not differentiate whether a book was published by one of the Big Six publishers, or if you did it yourself. If it looks good and reads well, they don’t really care what the chain of supply was. It’s not important to them. The content is what matters. So even a self-published book enhances the author’s credibility in the field.
So, what are you doing still here? Go and write that book! 🙂