Thursday, July 26, 2012

Adventures in ePublishing...Taking the Plunge

I've been going through old posts deleting pictures (ones not owned by me) and came across some interesting stuff. It's funny having this blog as it follows my history as an author. I found this piece that I wrote while wrestling with the idea of self-publishing. This was from about 2 years ago, summer of 2010. I never published it, and I'm not sure why I didn't. I think it's funny to see how things have changed, although I think for some the argument is probably the same. Those switching over from the idea of traditional publishing to self-publishing or indie publishing or epublishing or whatever you want to call it, still struggle with the decision. 


I'm definitely glad I jumped in and took the risk two years ago. I'll have been published 2 years on November 1st and I couldn't be happier. I've got 4 books out and a collection of short stories and I've got tons of projects to keep me busy for years. People are buying and reading my books, and I promise I made WAY more than the $50 to take my husband out to a nice dinner. He LOVES my second job!!! Funny, I think the pros and cons are still very much the same. Can I just say, it's awesome that authors have so many more choices these days. 


Okay, so I've made a very educated decision. I've thought this over long and hard and done some research and I am going to dive into the eBook pool. Now there are, of course, pros and cons to my decision. I realize that it may not even be a popular decision, though my research seems to keep coming up otherwise.

Why am I deciding to go ahead with this? Well, I have a book that has met it's maker in terms of being submitted. It was rejected many many times (probably more than 80). So you may be thinking, why waste time on this book, it surely must be crap. Maybe I'm the eternal optimist, but despite it's rejections, they were good rejections. It was requested, in partial and in full, many times. The book was submitted during 2008-2009 and some responses I received indicated that they liked the book, but due to the market and poor economy, they couldn't take on new authors. I have hope for this book. It's a good story.

Now, I'm not just jumping out there blind. This book has been read by quite a few people, including writers, some of which will be checking it out after a zillionth round of rewriting and revising. I'm going to do everything I can to provide a good, quality reading experience. In addition to having a good story, there were other reasons that factored into this decision. I also don't intend to give up on getting my other book published in a traditional fashion. I plan on continuing the search for an agent for that book.

I'll start with the cons, so you can see that I'm not crazy and did have a rational thought process.

Cons

- I have a nagging thought in the back of my mind that publishing my book on Amazon will somehow blacklist me in the writing world and will say that 'I wasn't good enough, therefore I published myself.'
- I will have no printed books available (and am not willing to invest the money for them, despite their availability) so my market will strictly be limited to people who use Kindle or one of its apps for the computer.
- Marketing the book will be all on me. I will have no support in terms of agent and publisher.
- It's possible that no one will buy the book and to all my friends online I will look like a complete and utter failure.
- I won't be able to have cool book-signing parties.
- The writers' organization I belong to will still not recognize me as 'published.'

Pros
- A book that is pretty much dead will be given some life.
- I have a network of writers and friends and fans (maybe) out there in cyberspace that may just take a chance on an unpublished writer and give my book a read.
- I may develop a fan base for future works that may be published traditionally.
- It's possible for most people to download Kindle for free to their iTouch, iPhone, laptops, desktops (both PC and Mac). This may allow more people to purchase the book in the comfort of their own home.
- I can offer the book at a very low price, encouraging the wider market to purchase it with little risk (like $.99 or $1.99).
- I have been participating in Friday Flash, posting short stories on this blog, and will continue to do so. Those that have enjoyed my writing here may be more likely to purchase a book.
- It costs absolutely nothing (except maybe paying someone to make a pretty book cover) to post the book on Amazon.
- Across the web everyone is talking about how the eBook is going to be the next big thing and traditional publishing will go the way of the record and laser disc. Now would be a good time to try it out.
- Maybe I could make 50 bucks and take my husband out for a nice dinner. Or a medium dinner and a movie. He's not picky.
- I pretty much have nothing to lose.

9 comments:

  1. Good for you! I think as more and more writers take on self-publishing, it's becoming more acceptable. Also, you don't have to limit yourself to Kindle users . . . why not put your book up on Createspace, too? It won't get your books into bookstores, but it does open up the market a bit more.

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  2. I love reading this and seeing how far you've come since you made the big jump!

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  3. I love that you came across this and posted it for us to share. Knowing how far you've come since that initial decision, this is very inspiring!

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  4. Thanks guys! Crazy, right??? It was funny seeing these old blog posts. And Genesis, no worries, this is from 2 years ago. My books are available everywhere.

    I'll be interested to see what another 2 years brings!

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  5. How fun! I sometimes see things I wrote 2 or 3 years ago and think, I wrote that? It was fantastic to see your thought process two years ago and to see how far you have come. Good for you for going after your dreams and believing in yourself. Wishing continued success. :)
    ~Jess

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  6. I am a fan of your books and a regular reader of your blog. I LOVED reading the Adventures in Epublishing section. I would be interested to see how your sales are now compared to when you first started. It would be very interesting and helpful to pre-authors (is that a word?) like me. Congrats on your success and good luck with your future! It will only get better.

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  7. Sure thing! I'll do an update this week. I just figured people got bored hearing about it. But I'm happy to share!

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  8. And thanks, btw! Glad to hear the AinE section has been helpful.

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  9. Thanks Karly. I can't wait to read about your sales. I am so happy for your success and can't wait to see how bright your future can be!

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