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Dabbling for Dollars . . . .


Print Vs. Online: Who's the Real Writer?
by Alyice Edrich
Copyright 2004, Alyice Edrich

I've been writing for online markets since 1999. I've been publishing electronic books since 1999. And I've been publishing an online magazine since 1999. And can you believe that I still get negative feedback from a few authors, editors, and publishers who still live in the dark ages? They actually believe that I m not a REAL writer, editor, or publisher simply because my stuff isn't in print? (Little do they know that I do have stuff in print too, I just mainly work online.)

Is e-writing for real? Can a writer be taken seriously if he (or she) chooses to only write for the Internet? And if taken seriously, who is more professional? The person who merely writes for online markets or the one who gets his name into print publications?

I'd like to believe that it doesn't matter whether you've only been printed online, whether you've only been printed in print, or whether you've been printed in both. A writer is someone who weaves words together to tell a story, to teach, to inspire, to educate, and to inform. A writer is someone who works hard at his craft to be the best he can be. And a writer is someone special whether he writes for print or online markets.

But one doesn't become a "professional" writer until he takes the time to study the industry, learns to better his writing skills, and actively seeks publication of his written words.

Personally, I write a lot for online markets and businesses because I don't have the patience to wait for a "publication" date, payment comes faster, and online markets build links to my Web site which helps with my rankings in the search engines, drives more traffic to my site, helps more parents, and in turn helps me sell more electronic books.

At first, I would become highly offended by others who would discount my skills and abilities as a real writer, because I knew that I was just as good as them and in the event, that I wasn't, I knew that I one day would be. But now, I just chuckle.

There's a saying that goes something like this: Ignorance is bliss. And to be quite honest, those who feel I am less of an author, writer, editor, or publisher simply because I spend most of my time working for and writing for online markets are living in ignorance.

That having been said, I also have to admit with them on one thing: There are many "wanna-be" authors and writers who give e-writing, e-books and e-publishing a bad name. They do so because the quality of work isn't up to industry standard. They aren't concerned with how the industry works, how well something is written, or the laws of English and writing. They simply want to make a quick buck, see their names in print, or start their own businesses.

The truth of the matter is that you cannot simply throw a bunch of thoughts together and call it a publication, book, magazine, or article. Each piece of written work must be properly groomed: editing, tweaking, resources, formatting, etc. And each piece of written work must show professionalism.

In life, we all make choices. What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander, but that doesn't make the decision wrong or any less valid. Both online and offline markets offer something very valuable to the public. And good writers and authors abound in every walk of life. When you can't reach someone in print, you can most definitely reach him online and vice versa.

Tid-Bits Book CoverAlyice Edrich is an affordable freelance writer specializing in how-to articles and Q&A interviews for the Web. To view her freelance writing rates, or to hire her for your next writing project, visit http://alyiceedrich.net.













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