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The Value of Experimentation

Tales of Risk and Rebirth

I've recently come to know and appreciate Brad King's work, both as an innovative media professional, as well as a university professor.

So I've been keeping an eye on a project that he and his talented students have launched: The Invictus Writers.

There's a lot to say about it, but—in brief—for the first volume, each contributor has written a personal essay about the moment in their lives when everything changed as they moved into adulthood. Along the way, they've tinkered with a few elements of publishing as well.

Here are some interesting stats:

  • Soon they'll release an EPUB edition that will retail for $4.99.

Now I'd like to point out some things they did NOT do:

  • They did not wait for permission to collaborate.
  • They did not wait for someone to pay them to do or write what they cared about.
  • They did not query editors or agents asking for approval.
  • They did not look for a publisher to do what they could do very well on their own.
  • They did not wait to be discovered.
  • They did not angst over putting their work online.
  • They did not limit themselves to one format or channel.
  • They did not wait to learn everything first. They're experimenting and learning as they go.

I hope you get my meaning.

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