By ANASTASIA ASHMAN
Expatriatism is often a life apart. Consider the recent professional panel advising Istanbul’s foreign writers on the business of writing. One speaker, a guidebook veteran, actually dwells in a cave. Imagine, career advice from a troglodyte.
So how does a writer abroad get up to speed and compete in her home market? I answer in a guest post at former Writer’s Digest editor Maria Schneider’s blog Editor Unleashed.
“Publishing and the Digital World Citizen” considers the fortuitous intersection of expatriatism, epublishing and digital citizenship.
In 2000 I had the publishing beat at an Internet business magazine, doling out tough-love to content owners peering timidly across the digital divide. I’d parachuted into the dotcom boom from Southeast Asia where I was plagued by weekly power outages and wrote by candle light. When I finally got online the possibilities of global and real-time connection revolutionalized my estranged life.
Now that connection powers my career too. As an expatriate, geographic disadvantage demands I compete in my home market virtually…and my global audience is now virtual. So I’m shifting to new school thinking in distribution, promotion, and sales.
Just as Internet access equalized my ‘90s expat reality, now Twitter closes the professional morass. Tweetdeck columns resonate thought leadership across publishing, technology, and marketing. I’ve got Web 3.0 plans for my second book not only because as a contemporary author abroad I must connect with readers and offer dynamic interaction with the material, but because as a digital citizen I can.
Are you culturally or geographically challenged? How do you level the playing field?
Read the whole essay “Publishing and the Digital World Citizen” here.