Friday, August 5, 2011
The Differences between Writing and Publishing
Publishing is a business. Publishers base their decisions on making money. They do have a passion for the industry, they do want to promote books and great stories, but they are first and foremost a business.
Writing is forming ideas and stories. It’s about discovery and creation. It can often be about self-gratification.
Publishing is about sharing those ideas and stories. It’s about communicating to an audience greater than one.
Writing can break rules and be as inflexible as it wants to be. No one other than the writer needs to understand it.
Publishing is about flexibility and evolution. A writer who wants to share their work has to change their thinking. They need to revise and edit and rewrite over and over again just so that others will understand what the writer is trying to convey.
Writing is personal.
Publishing is professional.
Can you think of other differences? What is it about either that you like most? What is it you like least?