Open Source Publishing

Coming from a background in engineering, I am very familiar with open source advocates with regards to computer operating systems, but I didn’t realize this same sort of advocacy applied to other industries as well. I dreamed of being a writer, but was turned off by the traditional publishing process. Perhaps this was also a result of watching my husband launch his business. I would hope that a company’s best advocates are its owners/operators. The same should be true of any publication and its author.

I then read about Hugh Howey and his ultra-success through direct publishing. Hugh Howey has given a number of interviews on his views on why he chose direct publishing over traditional methods, but in particular I am impressed by his willingness to treat the universe he created as a near open source platform where any other inspiring author can build to the landscape resulting a much richer and deeper experience with the reader.

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