If you have ever had a book published by a mainstream publisher you will know that the publishing house generally takes care of most things in regards to polishing your manuscript and preparing it for public consumption. Depending on the publisher in question, they may have performed a better or worse job on any, or all, of the tasks that contribute to the success or failure of your masterpiece.
If you have been fortunate enough to secure a contract with one of the Big Six, the ePublishing agenda will probably be tied in with the digital rights of your contract. If you have not already secured a contract with one of the Big Six your chances of being taken on by any of them now are probably more remote than ever. The Big Six are of course sticking with their tried and proven, established, best-selling authors, taking fewer and fewer chances on unproven newcomers. Continue reading “eReady and eAble”
Personally, I will always love the sensual experience: the smell and touch reading a printed book. I suppose that no matter how convenient or inexpensive eReading is when compared to the real thing, so to speak…given the choice, especially if I didn’t have to shell out the thirty or forty dollars, as opposed to three or four dollars, I might still reach for the paper book. However, young readers are reaching for eReaders by choice, and a lot of the oldies, like me – being gifted eReaders by younger family members – are converted by the convenience and the price. The trend is changing, and quite rapidly.
I have to admit that before I began my research into ePublishing a little over a year ago, I truly believed that the decline in hard copy books and bricks and mortar book shops was the death knell to the art of reading, particularly with the onslaught of text speak – a personal hate of mine. I envisaged a future where people didn’t read, couldn’t read, or write, or even speak properly, where they communicated in a kind of ‘pidgin text speak’. I discovered, however, the complete opposite and in fact the number of leisure readers is increasing, and mostly the increase is due to the eRevolution. Continue reading “Embrace the eFuture”