Publishing is changing. But also, publishing is not. (I’ve just spent all week tackling a few aspects of this.)
However, in fiction, it’s still all about the story. How it gets delivered to the audience might morph, evolve, devolve or what-not, but the quality necessary to reach real readers probably has a threshold which has migrated quite intact from the pre-Google world to the post-Google world with ease.
Of course, we can bemoan the low quality of pop fiction – but people have been complaining about the demise of solid storytelling since the age of Socrates. And we can turn up our noses at “what those darn kids today” like and read, but to do so loses sight of the fact that they are, indeed, still reading. Books – especially books for young adults – are probably the hottest area in all of publishing.
And it’s because of avid readers and voracious fans. Yep… you guessed it, a few timeless elements power this engine: story and characters.
So yes, I published Cinder-Smella in a new publishing format that did not even exist as little as five years ago but the only reason it resonates with readers is because of the actual content.
In fact, the sub-heading sort of says it all: Cinder-Smella, a Timeless Tale of Stinky Feet.
There’s a reason the Cinderella fable has endured across the globe for centuries. And to think that eReading the tale as opposed to print reading the tale diminishes the tale, well… in to my way of thinking, that dog just don’t hunt.
And the Fairy Hairy Godfather – a character of mine about which I feel SO proud – is gonna tickle the funny bone of readers young and old (so I hope) no matter the publishing format in which they encounter him.
Character and story – no amount of gadgetry is ever going to replace the need for ‘em.