The future of being an author is not one of extinction. Far be it, the present reality is one where the writer may look different, the content may be different, and the distribution of the author’s work will change but stay ever alive. This essay will explore these three points in further detail.
The author of any written work has and will continue to be a single or collection group of consciousness. Collaborators could conspire to drum up ideas for readers to think and dwell on, or the one gifted individual would toil with a revolutionary thought. However many the pens to the paper, writer to reader is the look of the industry of being an author. But that may change, as one writer, Chris Twyman believes that the sharing culture we are living in now could change. He possesses an interesting thought that reader and writer would work together to produce not just any work, but the best work. “In the newest sharing model of publishing, bits of stories are crowdsourced,with the community defining the best writing.” Says Chris in a periodical. He goes on to say that this will not replace the sole author from working alone, but essentially he writes it will provide a future for the development of exceptional content.
And speaking of how the content may differ, the form in which the content will change and is changing as well. Being an author may not necessarily mean being a writer anymore, it may also mean being a storyboard writer, a graphic artist, a television show executive, and others. With the changing times, technology is becoming a mode of displaying content in another form other than a paper-back book. Annette Van, in his essay of novel future describes that the novel is not going to die, but rather the form of how the novel is delivered (Van, 158). He mentions a very important fact that being an author meant portraying truth (or truths) in form. The content within the novel, and the content of the author are transforming drastically from words to words with picture, words with movement, words with actions, words with consequences. Graphic novels may leave less to the imagination as a traditional novel, but they offer an exciting way to deliver ideas of the truths authors have found. Television and movies can be seen as the novel in another form where truths, story, and narrative take voice, color, and scenes. Video games offer readers to become players, and provide them the chance to explore the worlds created by the minds of authors, or makers, in ways books could not. And with these new modes, the readers, viewers, and players keep the novel alive by enjoying them, or by making their own from their perspective of how they see truths.
And the distribution of these modes of novel and ideas are becoming easier to deliver. The Internet connects millions of people together. People who are the same can find each other in a matter of days rather in a matter of lifetimes as before. Social media, electronic delivery systems, and automotive transportation have shaped the speed in which the author can share his truths. And with this speed more authors come together, and create more authors. The amount of book writers, comic designers, game makers, and movie writers are staggering, and the quality of productive content lessens. Traditional book publishers have to take new steps to ensure their survival. I personally made an endeavor to publish a book to the Tommy Nelson book company. Without any prior knowledge of how the system is managed I was blown away by the new requirements for their authors. They were no longer taking risks on unpopular people with no name for themselves. Authors for their company must have an accumulation of followers (five thousand or more), for the publisher to take notice of them. The spread of the Internet is thanks to this cause as previously stated. What is a new mode for authors in this day to see the form of the book still continue is to self-publish their work. Anthony Cheetham, former c.e.o. of Random Century and Orion, recalls a time where libraries used to be the place where authors of fiction could go and becomes successful. However do to the market increase in authors, the library no longer is the foundation for new and aspiring writers to stand on. That is why he proposed that self publishing is the new way for writers to take the control of popularity and and success from the hand of the publishing houses and put it in the hand of the authors. With authors coming together, working together, and recognizing each other, the market continues to expand, and the success and admiration of authors, as well as the publishing of content, grows.
The future of the author is not going to whither away, rather it is evolving, adapting. The future looks positive for writers to continue to express their discoveries of truth and display their findings. Though the traditional form may decease and give way to electronic distribution, it is a formidable and sufficient way. Authors may find themselves handling a keyboard, or a graphic tablet, or a camera for their content. These are simply the adaptations of the changing culture, and as it changes, so will the modes. The truths and content of the author will never have a negative outlook.
Cheetham, Anthony. “Future Fiction.” Bookseller 5294 (2007): 20. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.
TWYMAN, CHRIS. “The Future Of Content Creation.” Publishers Weekly 262.47 (2015): 72. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.
Van, Annette. “Novel Futures.” Novel: A Forum On Fiction 43.1 (2010): 157-162. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.