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Publishing and ePublishing

I am reading some articles about book publishing, eBook publishing, pricing of novels and so on and thought that some of you might find the links of interest. These blog posts / articles offer differing and often opposing views and so I invite you to read them, if you are interested, with open minds.

One Art, Please. I Have 99 cents. by catvalente (Catherynne M Valente).

99 Cent Books by Kevin Kelly (linked from novelr).

What Price, E-Art? - Getting value for work done. by alexandraerin (Alexandra Erin). This is where my reading and link-surfing started.

What Price, E-Art? - Vulgar money questions. by alexandraerin (Alexandra Erin).

My comment on one of these:

But 'people who lack the upper body strength to read a standard-sized novel' is a kind of specialized market.

… but there are a lot of us out there. In my case my reading-disability is not upper body strength but manual pain (hands/wrists/fingers) and I can manage to hold my Sony Reader Pocket (small like the new kindles) for a while or lean it on my pillow (or read on my mac) but can only hold a paperback for a minute or two and a hardback? Never.

So, for me personally, eBooks and web-fiction enable me to read fiction. At all. As someone who used to devour more than one paperback per day as a kid (and usually adult/non-kids' fiction at that) I finally feel like I am coming home.

As to price, as someone who is an undischarged bankrupt on benefits and DLA (the UK equivalent of unemployment and disability/SSI/SSDI etc.) free would be great but I know you authors need to eat and so I tip (crowdfunding FTW) when I can and buy as many eBooks as I can.

Just my 2p.

Online publishing now vs possible future traditional publishing

Further to an earlier comment thread in my journal about publishing my IndyWriMo 'novel' online, I have just come across a couple of relevant and interesting links in my Google Reader:

Editorial Ass: What's safe to syndicate online?

…which I found via:

Kelly Eskridge: Publishing questions

From the comments on that first link:
I figure if Cory Doctorow can put books online for free and still make money, and if Arctic Monkeys can encourage fans to record their shows and put them online for free, then eventually a model may emerge that will help clarify, and brave publishers will figure out that

(a) if your blog has published a whole book and it was popular, those people may want to then buy the book the way fanboys will buy a comic and then the hardbound copy, and

(b) if you were able to draw an audience to read a book on a blog, imagine what "proper marketing" could do, and

(c) publishing on the 'net may interest people who otherwise might not see it. One of my blogs drew the attention of some artists who are now talking about whether they'd want to turn my prose into a graphic novel.

I will ponder this some more and may actually post some of the IndyWriMo writings (as far as I managed to go before I fell off that wagon and gave up). I may even decide to post it all as a crowd-funded online-only project, a bit like a number of people on my LJFriends list do, e.g. if I get £x in donations I will post the next installment. Posting it and getting feedback will either make me run away and never write a word again to encourage me to write more of that story and maybe others! It will be unedited and so pretty horrible - especially taking into account that I was writing for wordcount NaNoWriMo-stylee rather than writing with the aim to write well.

Then again, the poem that I wrote and posted the other day was unedited as well — a true stream of consciousness as it came out of my fingers and into Scrivener via the keyboard except for fixing the red-wiggly-underline spelling typos that I see out of the corner of my eye as I write. I always seem to write relatively good English from the word go (pun intended!) and edit as I go along for grammar and spelling, when I notice those red wiggles. I don't, to be honest, notice myself stopping to correct them — it is almost a subconscious process.

I have also got a new app for my iPhone that is pretty funky: WriteChain. It encourages me to write - when I remember to look at it!