It’s the end of an era. Last week saw the end of soap opera One Life To Live.
I’ve been a soap opera fan since I was five years old when I’d rush home from school to watch General Hospital. Over the years, I’ve watch all of ABC’s daytime soaps and some soaps on CBS and NBC. I tried to schedule college classes around Days of Our Lives. Apparently, the love of soap operas is an inherited trait which began with my great grandmother who religiously watched General Hospital and rumor has it, died while watching.
Some speculate soaps will survive through the internet. In fact, new internet soaps are popping up every month. But they don’t have the same budget as traditional soap operas and the quality is circumspect at best.
The same can be said for the publishing industry. In addition to traditional publishing, we now have access to numerous online publishers and self-published books. I don’t know about you, but I’ve read some poorly written and edited books this year. To educate myself, I’ve spent the last several months becoming familiar with the different electronic publishers. The quality varies between publishers and even editors within the publishing house. I’ve been extremely pleased with the high quality books released by Soul Mate Publishing.
It’s a new age we live in. I have five hundred television channels to choose from and nothing to watch. I have satellite radio and I still can’t find a song to listen to on my ride to work. I have too many choices.
Now as a writer, I have to encourage readers to trust that my book is worth five dollars. It’s a competitive market. Why should a reader buy my book over another?
On the bright side, I don’t have to sell as many copies of my book as a traditionally published writer. I’m not expecting my book to reach any bestseller’s list. I wrote my book for me. Having it published exceeded my expectations. Like the e-publishing houses, I believe that over time, a few choice internet soap operas will succeed in gaining popularity.
Until then, I’ll just have to read my romance novels.