Readers Rule

Nearly five months have flown by since I've posted here. That is too long. I have been preoccupied with work, including launching the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College, hiring and integrating some fabulous new staff at the College, developing new initiatives including 50th Anniversary apparel, developing blogs for others, and producing marketing, advertising, promotions, and publicity for a variety of initiatives. For my own work, I've been producing new photography and developing distribution and writing. I am rewriting a novel for publication later this year.

It is notable how comprehensively the publishing industry and its business model have been transformed over the last 2-3 years. Blind submissions over the transom, the slush pile, weeks and months of waiting for agent and publisher responses to proposals, draconian publishing contracts, inventive royalty reporting... these fixed assets of the previous model have been supplanted by new energy, opportunity and visions for ways to connect with readers. Readers rule.

Writers who have stories to share can develop pathways to readers and, if their work interests them, if it engages on some level, a relationship begins. And if the writer has the energy, determination and persistence to develop more stories, and is open to learning and perfecting his or her craft, then s/he can offer another story, and maybe get a second date, and a third, and perhaps become a couple. How great is that?

Please check out some of the new work -- and older titles you didn't get an opportunity to read previously -- coming online at:  Barnes & Noble     iBooks     Amazon Kindle

And, if you're open to our getting to know each other better, check out my novel SAINT at:

Saint on Nook at Barnes & Noble

Saint on iPad, iPhone, iPod

Saint on Kindle

Let me know what you think. Would you like to see what adventure Dr. Andrew Shepard is on now?