I have no words of wisdom for you this week. In fact, I was rather hoping you might have a few for me.
You see, I’ve finally decided I need to get my head round the concept of e-publishing. I know this may seem incredibly behind the times to some of you, but on this side of the Atlantic e-publishing has yet to reach the heights of popularity it has done in the States and, frankly, it’s such a huge subject that I don’t quite know where to begin.
Enter any kind of query about it into a search engine and you get a gazillion hits. I begin losing the will to live after the first twenty or so pages. (Coupled to this is the fact we’re on a cripplingly slow internet connection, and I am possibly the most non-internet-savvy person I know. Just ask any of my fellow ‘Rati authors who get regular panicked emails from me when my post is due and I hit a technical snag!)
The more I find out about e-publishing, the more I realise I don’t know, so I thought the best idea was to ask my ‘Rati friends what they knew.
And that’s where you come in – I hope!
I know I’m being cheeky to ask, but who else has the breadth and depth of knowledge that you do? You obviously enjoy reading in digital format, or you wouldn’t be here, so I hope you’ll forgive me for asking what may seem like a set of dumb questions:
If you’re a writer, do you have direct experience of e-publishing? By that, I mean, have you self-published one of your own titles and, if so, what was the biggest hurdle to overcome?
How did you go about the process itself of getting the book out there?
Is it a brand new work, or a book that was previously print-published?
If it’s new, who handled the editing and proofreading?
What platforms did you choose, and how did you make that decision?
Who handled the formatting?
Who designed the cover, and have you changed the cover or the title since the e-book went on sale? If so, why?
Is piracy a problem or do you feel the need for some kind of password-protection to prevent your book being shared?
Of course, just writing the book and navigating the technicalities of putting it on sale are only half the battle. People have to know about it in order to want to read it. I was a reader long before I was a writer, and I continue to devour all kinds of books. Therefore, I’m just as anxious to know the best places for discussion and recommendations. So:
Where do you go to get good recommendations on new e-books?
What annoys you most about authors’ behaviour on discussion forums or social networking sites?
How important are social networking sites like Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, etc, to finding new authors or keeping up with a favourite author’s work?
Of course, I’m also thinking that maybe – just maybe – I should get an e-reader of my own. That throws up a different set of questions:
Do you have an e-reader and if so, what kind, and how much do you use it?
Or, equally, if you’d NEVER consider an e-reader, why not?
How much of your reading has gone over to an e-device of some description, and have you found any drawbacks? (This is other than the plane problem of not being able to use any electronic device until you get to 10,000 feet.)
Have I asked too many questions?
Should I stop now?
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