Exploring the space between writers and readers in the new publishing galaxy.

Future of Long Form explores the space between writers and readers in the new media galaxy. It provides food for thought, inspiration and practical information for writers of long form non-fiction via interviews, research and commentary. It was written for non-fiction writers who are trying to find new readers.

Written in 2012, 2013 & 2104 each new post explored writing and long form non-fiction in a general sense, tried to help writers understand or overcome new-media hurdles or tracked the progress of writers’ forays into new publishing paradigms.

Future of Long Form was written Pepi Ronalds (see more about me below). I’m now working on a book-length manuscript and so no longer update the blog. But I learned heaps from the people I interviewed and keep the blog live so that you may also learn from them.


About Pepi Ronalds

I am a freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia. My work has been published in Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Outback Magazine, Killings (Kill Your Darlings Journal blog), Open Manifesto and A List Apart. I have a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT, a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University, and a Diploma in Photography from the Australian College of Photography Art and Communication (ACPAC).  I’m currently working on a non-fiction book about the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Earthquake of Japan. Samples and links to more of my writing can be found on my website www.pepironalds.com.


What is ‘long form’?

‘Long form’ can mean different things to different people. For the purpose of this blog, long form is anything between 3,000 and 30,000 words (or thereabouts).


What are the new publishing models?

So far I’ve identified entrepreneurial journalism, enterprise journalism / community funded reporting / crowd sourcing, philanthropically funded reporting, self-publishing and reporting to fund philanthropy. Plus there’s sill the old traditional publishing models to print and online (where you pitch to an editor). Here’s an introductory post on the publishing opportunities for long form.


Writers take care

Always check dates on posts if you are hoping to understand a particular opportunity (they might now be out of date!). Read all of the entries against that tag or category because I learn something new daily (things I wish I knew earlier). No single post can give you all of the information you need (particularly in relation to potential pitfalls!).


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