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					Believe it or not, getting published is now easier than ever before - but it depends how
you define the term. Traditional publishing - where you sign a contract with a
publishing house to print and distribute your manuscript in return for a share of the
profits - is in the doldrums these days. Under threat from the dire economic situation
and increased competition from digital media and other forms of entertainment, the
industry has battened down the hatches and is releasing fewer and fewer titles. Only
established authors or well-known celebrities with a story to tell are getting a look in.
So unless that's you, don't give up the day job just yet.
 However, as I've already hinted, there are plenty of other opportunities to distribute
your work. Gone are the days when you had to rely on scarce expensive printing
equipment and a tight-knit clique of industry insiders who held the keys to the gates.
The explosion of the internet in the last two or three decades means that anyone with
access to a computer and internet connection can promote themselves and release
their work to a far greater audience than before, even without the help of a publisher.
 Digital publishing in the form of websites, blogs, wikis, ezines and the like have the
advantage of being very cheap to produce and distribute to a potentially global
audience. These forms of publishing also tend to be very immediate in that there is
virtually no lag between the time you write something and your readers consume it.
 Another recent innovation in the publishing industry is the rise of Print On Demand
(POD) technology which eliminates the need to warehouse large quantities of
merchandise prior to it being sold, and thus drastically reduces the financial risks
associated with producing large print runs. This, coupled with the option of
self-publishing and electronic self-marketing using Web 2.0 technologies mentioned
above represents a viable option for writers prepared to take personal responsibility
for bringing their work to market. It is not uncommon for authors who make a success
of this publishing model to be offered a more traditional contract for future projects.
 In conclusion, there is no reason why you cannot become a successful published
author. But instead of "waiting to be discovered", you will have to be prepared to get
your hands dirty and do the hard work to make it happen yourself. It's your choice.
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