October 2017 by V. R. Duin


Whether you are writing novels, writing nonfiction or writing books for children, you are part of a changing industry. Change is transforming every aspect of writing novels, writing nonfiction or writing books for children. The exciting culture of change broadens and narrows our range. We have gone from sticks and stones to “selfie” sticks and drones. Toys have changed. Books have, too. Unless we grow with change, we quickly are left behind. Technology opens a great, new world for us, as long as we know how to use it. Technology can help sell books.

The 20-year history of V. R. Duin in writing novels, writing nonfiction and writing books for children and her experience with change in the publishing industry may help you sell books and avoid the let-down of agent or publisher rejection. V. R. Duin's first publishing experience was in 1996, before the POD revolution in publishing. She published a children's story through an offset printing company, with an ISBN and registered copyright. The first printing quickly sold out, with 1,500 of the copies going to a single charitable event. It was set aside for improvement: text revisions, professional illustrations and a standard book layout. While in the lineup of pending titles, publishing changed and so did book buying.

Change is something that all of us face on an accelerated basis with advances in technology and with advances in years. The “same old, same old” is boring. People are accustomed to constant upgrades of devices and applications. Things, places and activities that are not evolving seem stale and obsolete. Dynamic change attracts attention and use. People are alert to changing trends, and want to remain a part of them. The ability to change keeps us connected with forward thinkers. Writers must deliver change to retain relevance and vitality in a rapidly changing world that is increasingly technology driven.

Pre-POD, new writers were a novelty. Readers would take a chance on independent titles. Now, new writers give their books away, which may not get them read. Publishers no longer will take a chance on any writer with an unknown name and a lack of public ranking. Change takes a homespun direction in this writer's first video production. Change is a silent tribute, which will be left as is. Unlike most of her videos, sound will not be added to this video.

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  • V. R. Duin is the pen name of Terry Verduin. Her videos may be found on her YouTube channel under the latter name.

    The words of the video are: “Gitty-Up! Horses get retired. Change does not leave us. Let's climb on and ride. Change is Super-Wired”! The video also serves as a tribute to the mascots who traveled through many of the changes V. R. Duin made in writing. One of her dogs is no longer among us. (35 seconds)



    • writing novels admin says:

      A few friends know that V. R. Duin was writing novels in the late 80s and early 90s, and that one of them spent one year under review at a large traditional publishing house.

    • writing books for children admin says:

      After the publisher rejected the novel, but kept the title for use on another book by another author, V. R. Duin began writing books for children.

      • writing nonfictionadmin says:

        From fiction, V. R. Duin transferred her writing skills and her marketing, publish and tech experience into writing nonfiction articles and online guidance for colleagues.