The State of the Author – The Writing Platform

This is an interesting article that might be of interest to anyone considering traditional publishing. The site on which it appears, The Writing Platform, is a free online resource for writers that may be worth checking out.

Below, then, is the beginning of the article. Click on the source link below to read the full article.


I have been asked to talk to the state of the author in traditional publishing but I must say that I do not recognise the dichotomy. The SoA represents about 9,500 authors. They write in vastly different genres and vastly different media: from novelists to textbook writers, from poets to ghost writers, from broadcasters to academics, from illustrators to translators, from spoken word artists to journalists. Some are traditionally published, some are self published, some are hybrids and some don’t publish in any traditional sense. What they have in common is that they are PROFESSIONAL authors.

Source: The State of the Author – The Writing Platform