The millennium began in the year 2000. I think of the new millennium which is now started in the year, 2010. The years 2010-2020 is known to be a decade, but I refer to it as the new millennium. I call it that because it’s a new day for writers of all kinds. Why? Because of the changes that has taken place for writers, opportunities are enormous for all writers to excel in their craft.Technology is one of the reasons why new and mature writers can write with a sense of freedom.
The internet has allowed writers to successfully evolve online and offline. “Instant Publishing” has open doors for new writers on the internet. Now, authors can write an electronic book named an ebook which they can publish and sell it online. Writers can start their own online newsletter, blog, and publish it and have followers instantaneously. These followers maybe potential writing clients, or loyal readers. Their ebooks, newsletters and blogs can serve as their writing samples. Writers can build a website or use the free websites to get exposure for their books, articles, and blogs. Immediate communication is now possible between writers and their readers.
Search engines provides easy access to finding definitions and proper spelling of words and research is done by using the online encyclopedia,Wikipedia. They provide other avenues for writers to use such as images, emails , news, and videos making the information for the writing process easier. Some newspapers and magazines are available online and offline making writing work available online and offline. Now, available online for new writers are writing organizations and writing mentors.
The latest and innovative idea that has come along are epublishers. They allow writers interested in writing ebooks to publish with them. They have submission rules and royalty standards like a traditional and self – publisher. Now, reading an ebook is easier and more convenient because of ebooks apps, Kindle, Nook and other electronic devices. Options are now open to readers, they can read free or purchased material ……..online and offline.
Audio books are becoming popular especially for readers who don’t have the time to read, but have the interest in listening to books. Audio books are easy to use, handle, and are an addition to a hardcover books. They can be heard in the car or in the home, they are great for people whom are auditory-learners.
In closing, writing in this new millennium can lead to even greater writing opportunities online. Who ever knew that a writer or anyone can publish themselves on the computer especially twenty-five years ago? Writing online allows writers to be flexible, creative, profitable and give them an opportunity to have more exposure. The time is now for all writers to continue to write and enjoy their craft.
Ann Shannon- writer/author/educator – firstname.lastname@example.org