Thursday, May 31, 2012
One Last Short Comment
First, short stories are a handy on-the-go read when you can just dig a Kindle out of your bag while standing in the check-out line. That's just one example. Second, writers are cluing into the idea of giving away a short story to tempt readers who might not know their longer works. Authors are giving away their work to promote sales. Read what Seth Godin has to say about free samples.
Morgan Mandel shared a post about a project the BBT Cafe (the alums from my Blog Book Tours classes) put together. The blog book tour for The Corner Cafe e-book release begins on June 4th. This week, I'm still writing blurbs, getting the tour schedule up on my Blog Book Tours blog, and editing the manuscript for those pesky little last minute changes.
Yes, my friends, I've discovered one of the hidden beauties of e-books. I can find mistakes after publishing a book, and can correct them at any time. Granted, it takes a bit of doing as is always the case with software and technology. I have to change a Word file, create an HTML file from that, and then re-upload it to my KDP account on Amazon.com. Then it takes a few hours for Amazon to approve my changes. But those changes do get made very painlessly and quickly, and I don't have to live with an aggravating typo or poor punctuation until the second print run, which might be years down the road. If, indeed, there is a second run!
Technology is a marvelous thing, and authors interested in succeeding and making a living at writing need to keep up with the changes in today's publishing world, or be left in the dust. Most publishers have switched to electronic editing. Few houses will accept paper submissions any longer, and if they do, they are at the bottom of the list of manuscripts to read. More and more publishers are printing new releases in e-book format first. I saw this trend coming several years ago, and it always made perfect sense to me. Why risk the environmental nightmare of remaindering books, when you can publish a trial run in digital format first? If the books turn into sellers, you can print a collector edition then.
In June, we'll explore some of the technological changes barreling down the publishing slope. Can we even predict what some of them might be?
Oh, and it's Audio Book Appreciation Month. Do you listen to books on tape? Leave us a comment if there's a particular technological invention or trend that completely amazes you. Mine? Following Book Expo America on Twitter as participants tweet from the floor (hashtag is #bookexpo). It's almost as good as being there - no wait - it's better. I get all the news without aching feet.
Dani Greer is founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil, runs the BBT Cafe, is writing a Quick Blog Book Tour Guide, and is Special Projects Coordinator for Little Pickle Press.