My 'Beginners' page in the March edition of Writing Magazine is to remind writers that there's a future out there, not just the present. (I'm writing from experience, as I know all-too well that in the white-hot heat of creativity - or the daily slog that it can sometimes seem - we tend to forget that we're putting something out there that will last a while, if we're lucky).
Books used to be short-lived; on the shelf one minute, gone the next, and all that was left was for the author to get working on another one to keep the interest alive unless they wanted to fade into obscurity and make starving in a garret a reality.
Publishers needed a turnover to keep going, and that included pushing authors to write more if only to stimulate the market (something some publishers are still surprisingly not very good at).
The advent of ebooks, of course, and self-publishing, has changed all that, and put some of the control into the authors' hands. Content, once written and printed, is no longer static; book covers can be changed at the click of a keyboard; links can be included to stimulate a reader's interest; even prices can be played with as never before.
It's changing fast, and writers need to get their eyes off the keyboard once in a while and see the future. Because it's right here.
Earlier 'Beginners' articles have now been gathered in a book - 'Write On! - The Writer's Help Book' courtesy of Writing Magazine. Available as ebook or p/b here.