E-books. Yep back on that again. Will you consider it? I’m curious for your opinions because I’m at the stage of seriously considering it. Even though I have a giant, brand new copy of ‘Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents 2010’ hiding unopened in my drawer.
When I completed the first draft of BirthRight The Arrival I went all out in my study of how to get published. I learnt how to write a synopsis and query and must have done it well as I got a couple of request for partials. The big hick-up of course was that I hadn’t polished my MS enough. At the time I thought it was shiny and perfect. Then a beta reader pointed out some issues…and then I read it again..
Wow did I feel about an inch tall *hee*. Of course most of us have done or will do this, no matter how prepared we think we are. It’s just one of those things. Now that I’m really getting close to the shiny stage (still a couple of months away from gleaming but getting there!) I’m looking at my options. Which seem to be.
1 – Attempt the normal way. Send out tons and tons of query letters and wait. Do rituals under the new moon *grin* Wear my lucky socks every day. And then if/when I get a yes follow the procedure again but through an agent. So they send the letters and do skyclad dances etc (*lol* oh that brings up funny images!). Then when/if it gets accepted sign a contract that’ll earn you pittance and still have to do your own advertising on top.
2 – Publish it on Amazon. It’s done in an instant.
There are some rather large BUTS that go with e-book publishing though. The most obvious being it only reaches about 5% of the market. E-book readers however are getting more popular and most importantly cheaper.
The other things to think about with e-books are. You have to do HEAPS of advertising in creative ways to reach people. Blogging alone is NOT enough, and that’s a scary concept.
Also not having an editor to proof your MS means being extra super duper hard on yourself and finding the meanest grammatically correct person you know to read it. Armed with a red pen naturally.
Finding trustworthy people in useful positions to read it (heellooo…Mrs Librarian? Can I have a moment..).
You also need to do the cover art and apparently there are some html requirements to make the layout of your e-book look professional.
Basically the second method means the blame is entirely on you if it fails. It has the potential for setting you up for the biggest FAIL ever.
But what if you succeed…. Makes you think, hmm?