About three years ago, my first novel came out.
No, wait. That’s not right. Let’s try…
About three years ago, I released my first novel.
Each sentence is nine words long. The end result — readers can buy my story — is the same. But the implied process was very different.
Back then, I told a writerly friend I expected it’d take five or so years for the trade-versus-indie bluster to fade. If one knows the industry solely from popular online discussions, that estimate sounds wildly optimistic. If one talks to writers who’ve taken the time to understand their evolving options, it’s not so far off. As mentioned here, the “versus” is a sickly beast many have already left behind.
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