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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
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
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.
Alyice 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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