Our Man is just about to spend more of his sleeping time churning out a chapter for his forthcoming novel (good idea - write in the same state as your readers will be - ed) and he just had a thought. Two actually.
1. He is sick of seeing the Yomiuri at the top of this blog.
2. The same economics that make ebooks viable also make a new kind of journalism viable.
Why tie yourself to a newspaper, free blog or book publisher and follow their dictats (and take a tiny 5% royalty or poxy one-off payment, if you are lucky) when you could publish an ebook or pamphlet on Amazon for $2.99 and keep 70% of the royalties.
OK, the big boys control the publicity, but not for much longer, methinks. Besides, you just need to write your story (say 10,000 words or a collection of 10 1,000-word articles say) and you could and should make more than the pittance you could get from news blogs and so on.
But the sales will be tiny.
At first. But build your audience.
And you keep the rights. And your work stays online, on sale for ever.
It's just up to you to write damn good journalism. Lord knows, we need it more than ever.