As it turns out, yesterday was the day off. So I’ll publish this today. Tomorrow I have a modest contest (sorry I’m new, so I don’t have tons of free things to give away), so check back here for details. Also, later on today I will release chapter 2, so check back!!! Now, on to the conclusion Why the Blog?
Publishing Option 3: E-books
Just as I mentioned yesterday, the book industry is following the music industry when it comes to digital sales. The Kindle and the Nook are now doing for authors what the iPod did for music. So what are the advantages and disadvantages to authors publishing on one of those devices?
Pros: No agents or publishing houses are needed. It’s cheap—or at least cheaper to produce. Authors have total control of the product since the only thing being published is the writing itself. Since it costs little to produce, it’s cheaper to sell. Since sales are cheaper, readers are more likely to purchase e-books therefore increasing the number of readers.
Cons: E-books might be easier to produce, but they’re just as hard to promote. As much as authors would love it if the words itself made readers want to pick up the book and read, the cover art and the look of a book is attractive to readers (especially young adult readers!), and e-books don’t have the same feel that a traditional book has.
My Decision: I have to admit that publishing The Magi on electronic media is very tempting. Just like with self-publishing, I am not in a rush to e-publish until getting a bigger reading base, but at this time, I’m leaning toward e-publishing (assuming I have enough readers to make that a worthwhile option).
If an agent or publisher doesn’t pick up The Magi, there will come a point where I will have to make a decision between self-publishing or e-publishing. At this point, I think my decision will be based solely on my reading base. If I have a large enough reading base, e-publishing (for Kindles and Nooks) would be the way to go. However, if my only interested readers are my immediate family and close friends, I think the best option is self-publishing. That is, unless I find out I have some sort of huge inheritance I never knew about and became a multi-millionaire overnight. Then you’ll all get a free book!
How the blog can help: Again, the key is networking and advertising. The good news is, I have way more options now than authors did years ago. So if there’s no interest from a major publishing house, I still have a way to get my writing out there. The key is promotion. So stick with me! I’m new at this. I’m learning, but I believe I have a book that’s entertaining, and I’d love to share it with you!
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