Many challenges have surfaced since the virus reared its ugly head all over the globe. With 100 million people infected, we have all been influenced in some ways, which, of course, also shows in the world’s penmanship. It’s been almost a year since everything changed. This includes writing as well. Many authors now work from home, in quarantine. Books about disease, pandemics, and COVID have exploded in fiction, children’s books, even in non-fiction, with an influx of readers taking an interest in older stories covering the subject.
With the influx of extra novels about the topic in various genres, I do not know if competition in other areas has increased. It does seem to be a challenging time for book awards since some of them have lowered the cost of entry due to the hardship the epidemic caused. It’s probable that writing from home, as opposed to cafes and public spaces, has stifled creativity and, now that book awards can’t be held in-person, authors may be less inclined to submit their stories. Additionally, some of the award organizations won’t accept the physical version of books, which I discovered when I looked into entering my third book, Rejecting Destiny: The Underworlds into one. My book, Taken With a Dark Desire, received a finalist spot in an award last year, so I’m crossing my fingers that Lady Luck will come through for me again, heh… I tend to be optimistic about these things and I can’t achieve anything if I don’t try.
As it stands, writers aren’t the only ones with more time during the pandemic; readers do, too, making this is a chance for them to read more while waiting for normalcy to return to the world.
When COVID started in spring 2019, a lot of writing offers had a limited free trial or discounted purchases, but most no longer offer these deals. To view a partial list of industry actions for America, you can view them here:
Dennis Scheel has always had stories running in his head but was unable to tell them until after his accident, which left him mute and paralyzed on his right side. After he worked his way back through recovery, he wanted to try to tell his story once more after an acquaintance told him he was talented at writing poetry. Prior to that, his ex had convinced him not to write for ten years by insisting that he had no aptitude for writing. This time, Dennis tried writing his stories in English for the first time. Finally, he succeeded, and has never stopped writing since. The effort has produced three stellar novels: