What E-Publishing Means to a Country Boy.

22 June 2012

From Stant Litore, author of The Zombie Bible:

“Bea over at Writing Off the Rails asked me a few days ago what digital publishing, indie publishing, e-publishing, etc., means to me. That made me sit back and think a moment, because it means a lot to me. And not just what you’d expect. Here’s the answer I came up with.

It means all bets are off.

For the first time in quite a while, writers have options. A writer with a fantastic story, some marketing chutzpah, and the self-discipline of an old workhorse can take a decent shot at self-publishing, and that’s been good for a number of novelists. It’s a long shot, but thanks to the rapid growth of the e-book market and the ease of connecting writers and readers via the Internet, it’s far more feasible than it has been in the past.

Another thing that’s exciting to me is the new species of publishers emerging. Some of the small presses are not only entrepreneurial but also give their writers a fair deal, which is something that hasn’t really been the norm among large publishing houses since the 1950s.

And there are the Amazon imprints – Montlake, Thomas & Mercer, 47North, and the others. These not only offer a fair deal but a very powerful marketing engine, and they’re run by innovative people who invest in the author-editor relationship. They’re bringing good work out and they put their weight behind it – not just behind one or two titles they’re banking everything on, they put their weight behind all their books. I’m impressed by that.

All of this means that a good writer has a better shot at making a living than has been the case in quite a few decades.

That’s a good thing.

But what the e-book market and the digital publishing phenomenon really means to me is bigger than that. Much bigger.”

Read the rest at:  New Wave Authors, What E-Publishing Means to a Country Boy.

- Julia Barrett

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9 Comments to “What E-Publishing Means to a Country Boy.”

  1. He makes an excellent point about providing access to rural readers. I would expand it to include the elderly and shut-ins or busy working parents who don’t have time to run to the library or bookstore. It makes a nice change for them to be able to download books instead of relying on just television.

  2. I spent my summers in rural Wisconsin with the same issues. It was an hour into Madison and the bookstore. With no TV out there, that bookstore trip was better than candy. Three cousins, two sisters, and whichever aunt drew the short straw would go for most of the day.

    When schools started, we went back to Phoenix and watched TV until summer rolled around again. Then it was back to lying in a meadow lost in a book. Last time I was there, the Satellite Internet connection was down most of the time. It never did support streaming video. The kids lie out in the meadow with Treasure Island or Pride and Prejudice — and no idea how lucky they are.

    Peace, Seeley

  3. I loved this line from the full story: “A little over an hour and let’s say a hundred and twenty dollars, and you own a library.”

    I managed to kill my Kindle (turns out it didn’t like non-fat caramel latte as much as I did), but I’ve replaced it with an iPod, which is in my pocket at all times. I grew up with non-reading parents and little access to libraries until I got to junior high school and discovered the library there. I LOVE that now I can carry a library with me wherever I go.

  4. Even with a book store within a short drive, I would much rather save the time by downloading ebooks.

  5. I just wanted to thank all of you for your responses to my post, and for sharing your own stories. PA, I entirely agree. Unlike in my childhood, I now live in a city. However, with two children, a full-time job, novels to write, and family medical issues, anything that saves me time is worth a great deal to me. Being able to download a book I want to read, slip it into my pocket, and read it while waiting at a doctor’s office or in a long grocery store checkout line — that’s a fine thing.

    Beverly, I really appreciate your points. An additional note: I believe that all the major readers allow you to easily increase the size of the text (even to the point where the whole screen is taken up by a single word, if you wished). Certainly mine does. This means you can change any book into a large-print book with the click of a button. This is fantastic not only for those with poor or aging vision, but for those who work jobs in front of a computer all day and have their eyes pretty tired out by the time they’re ready to read a few pages before bed.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and stories.

    Stant

  6. It’s about time someone pointed out that not everyone has a dear little bookstore just around the corner.

  7. I share that whole “country boy” feeling, growing up like I did in Northern Ontario. Once a month I would ride a bus twenty miles to the nearest city so that I could actually find a bookstore!

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