How Have eBooks Changed the Publishing Game?

Kara Taylor is unlike most people her age. For one, she’s already a published author (she wrote her debut novel, Prep School Confidential, while still in college). And while many millennials are struggling to find a job and possibly still living in their parent’s basement, Taylor is jetting to L.A. to help write and co-executive produce a new CW show, The Revengers (created by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack).

Taylor recently spoke with Mediabistro about the struggles of finding a literary agent (she was rejected by over 100 of them), landing her TV writing gig and how digital has changed the publishing game:

You came into the publishing industry fairly recently, in the midst of all of the changes on the digital landscape. How has that affected your approach to your career?
I know with a lot of the [YA] authors, the pressure to churn out a book every year is enormous, and that’s why a lot of authors have turned to releasing short, eBook novellas in between their books. My publisher is a little different. [At] St. Martin’s Griffin, their trade paperbacks, which Prep School Confidential is, come out every six to eight months, so the second book in the series is actually going to be out in March [2014]. So they stick with that model, and they really haven’t experimented a lot with the short eBooks. It’s not something that I’ve considered for this series, but I do know that to have longevity as a writer, if you’re not doing a book a year, it’s hard to stay in the game. I know a lot of people are doing these serialized novels in eBook form, so that’s something that I’d definitely like to dabble in, especially since I write for TV, too. Episodic writing comes naturally to me.

To hear more about how she achieved her early success, read Hey, How’d You Become a Published Author and TV Writer at 23, Kara Taylor?

Aneya Fernando

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