The Domino Project is a huge success. Seth has proven his theory and provided a model for others to follow, tweak, and make their own. As a writer, I couldn’t be more excited about the future of publishing. This “rebalancing of power” or “democratization of publishing” (however you want to refer to the chaos) lowers the barrier of entry for ideas to enter the marketplace. The fate of our ideas will rest in whether or not they are read and shared or ignored and forgotten.
In one of Seth’s recent posts, he outlines what he believes will be the deciding factor on your success as a writer and author in this new world:
The quality is going to remain in the writing and in the bravery of ideas, not in teams of people making expensive digital books.
I have always believed what makes or breaks a book is not the form in which it takes shape–whether that is bits and bytes on my iPad or paper and ink on my bookshelf–but in the ability of the writing itself to move people emotionally, even inspire them to take action in some measurable way. That possibility is what made me fall in love with writing and publishing in college, and it is the dream I bring to every freelance project I accept.
What do you want to say? How do you want people to respond? In what ways will your message and the response of others change the world? These are the questions that should guide anyone with the audacity to sit down at a keyboard and put words on a page.
Do the words quality and bravery resonate with you, too? Why?
Ben Stroup is a content activist in a post-paragraph world. He is chief broker of opportunity at Ben Stroup Enterprises. Connect with Ben via email, Twitter, and Google+. Subscribe via email to learn how to use content to move people to action.