A Shift Is Coming

Posted On November 17, 2023

Photo by Michele Venne

Every industry changes. Sometimes that change is caused by a new school of thought or groundbreaking research. Other times, it’s an advance in technology. For the publishing industry, the last big shift was the introduction of the Kindle. Not only did it open the doors for ebook creation and distribution, but it allowed indie authors to take advantage of not having gatekeepers tell them what stories are worth printing. Some traditional publishing companies have yet to catch up to ebooks, audiobooks, and the myriad tasks indie authors do to promote their work.

Now with AI on the scene, writing and publishing are changing again. Amazon has made additions to their platform to gather information about who is using AI for generative text and/or cover creation, as well as limiting the number of books an author can upload in a day. I’ve had a brief look at a graph depicting the number of books available on Amazon pre and post-AI. It’s startling. No one knows yet how AI will affect the publishing industry. Hollywood is hashing it out. Copyright law is being reviewed by the courts. Some authors are drawing a hard line and taking a stand for pro or no AI.

Another change I’ve seen the last month or so is that several in the industry are taking a step back. Maybe this is because they want to see how the dust will settle with AI. Maybe they’re burned out on rapid releasing or writing to a market that changes often. Maybe the increase in ad spend has them scaling back on their marketing. The rumblings I’ve heard are that many have lost the joy in the creating of stories and it comes through to the readers. To keep writing, author self-care is taking a step forward. And maybe at this time of year it gives authors a chance to reflect on 2023 before planning 2024. Will they prioritize publishing 20 books? Or will they schedule breaks between projects and plan opportunities to refill their creative bucket?

I’ve mentioned my own shift. All the reflection I’ve done and my inner searching means I’ve come up with a plan that will work for me, at least for now. I have an end goal. I know the steps to get from here to there. I know the habits I need to begin and the ones I need to drop. I’ll be affected by the number of books released in my genre due to AI. But I’m not in control of that. I can only control how many and the quality of the books I write and publish. I’m looking forward to meeting with a fellow creative in a few days to talk about 2024. I’m always excited at the prospect of a new year. What shifts have happened to you or your industry?

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

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  1. Laurie Roper

    Then the triangular shaped craft distilled its amber light on me as I zoomed through the hedges on my way home. It was eerily quiet except for a muted buzzing. I became electrified either by fear or a discharge from the craft now tracking me at about 40 feet above. I was sure in a race to the bottom of the mountain there was no way I could escape the beam and what it signified to me so I surrendered to the possibility that I was going to be dematerialized on my way to join whatever was waiting for me within the belly of the ship.

    P.S. true story. More aggravating then having a battery die and waiting for AAA on some lonely road.

    Sending warm regards, Laurie Roper

    • Michele Venne

      Hi Laurie! Good to hear from you. Since you’re able to comment, I’m guessing you weren’t dematerialized… that’s a good thing, right?


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