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Charles Johnston III

Sounds pretty defeatist to me. There will always be a need for professional writers. The term 'Professional Writers' implies payment for a written work. Even if Joe Smith writes the next big hit and releases it to the public to download and share, there will be people who want it printed in a nice bound book to sit it on the shelf, or to take it places an ebook reader cant go.
Granted you might not make a 'one hit wonder' any more but you still be able to make a living off of doing it if... your work is good enough. You just wont be rich from it, unless hollywood picks it up for a movie or a publishing house prints it up and gives you a cut of the profits.


I agree with Charles. Don't cry and whine because your sales have dipped. It isn't the end of the world or the end of writers. A simple look at History will show you the same wails, the same dismayed voices at other times of literary tech advancement: the printing press, cheap paperbacks, talking movies, even. The world changes, but humans not so much.

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Some of My Books

  • : The Fall of the Republic

    The Fall of the Republic
    In a parallel timeline, 1990s America discovers the chronoplanes: parallel worlds at different points in history.

  • : Rogue Emperor

    Rogue Emperor
    The hijacking of the Roman Empire, 100 AD, by 21st-century Christian fundamentalists, in the second of the Chronoplane Wars novels.

  • : The Empire of Time

    The Empire of Time
    My first novel, published in 1978, but the last in the Chronoplane Wars trilogy.

  • : Gryphon

    "Write a space opera," my editor said. So I did, with some nanotech thrown in.

  • : Tsunami

    A companion novel to Icequake, set mostly in California.

  • : Icequake

    A disaster thriller (Antarctic ice sheet surges into ocean), dated but still fun.

  • : Eyas

    Originally published in 1982, and still the novel I'm most proud of.

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