China’s StoryDrive convention kicks off later this month. Not something we can easily attend, so enjoy the photo of the convention centre as a reminder that China is very much part of the digital age, and we should all be looking very closely at the opportunities unfolding in this amazing country.
I’m on limited net access this month (for the many new subscribers, I live in West Africa) so just a brief post here to point you towards Porter Anderson’s post over at Publishing Perspectives with a preview of StoryDrive. (LINK)
As Anderson describes it, StoryDrive “is a conference that focuses on storytelling across cultural and international borders, and the rights trade.”
For the many newcomers who may be thinking “why bother with China? It’s a closed community,” just to say I regard China, along with India, as the two most exciting prospects on the planet right now for savvy indie authors looking at the bigger picture.
It’s a common misconception that western authors can’t sell in China and no-one in China would be interested in western books anyway.
A widely held belief that has no basis in reality.
As long ago as 2014 my UK-based crime thriller that has absolutely nothing even remotely Chinese about it topped the ebook charts in China, including taking number one slot in the Kindle China store.
It can be done. It has been done.
China is a very real opportunity for adventurous indie authors, and not just for ebooks. China is way ahead of the transmedia game.
Do take time to check out Porter Anderson’s post and see why you should have StoryDrive Beijing 2016 on your Follow Closely agenda.
Oh, and watch out for StoryDrive Asia in Singapore in November.
A Global New Renaissance is unfolding. Writers today have opportunities quite unprecedented in human history.
Don’t let them pass you by.
The Global New Renaissance is real. It’s happening right now.
Be part of it.