As some of you know, I have an eBook coming out soon. In fact, so soon that next week I’ll be revealing the ULTIMATE winning cover for The Callahan Split. Yippee!
For me, the eBook adventure has been several HUGE learning curves, especially as my five previous novels have been published, both print and electronic, with Allen & Unwin.
What I’ve learnt along the way is, that just because a manuscript is published as an eBook, doesn’t mean it’s in any way inferior. To get The Callahan Split to a publishable standard, my characters’ stories and my writing had to jump through several enormous hoops, no less arduous than my other writing hoops.
Editors: Authors need them – even self-published authors. You may think that after re-writing and editing your manuscript twenty times, you don’t need structural and copy editors, plus a proof reader – that’s a minimum of THREE professionals – objectively reading your work. But you DO! I’ll just repeat this – YOU DO!
Cover Artist: Again, you need a graphic designer. When readers tell you they don’t judge books by their covers, they’re lying. We all do.
Marketing Guy/Girl: (Or a computer wizz who probably isn’t you.) I’m okay at writing stories, but I am CRAPOLA at creating an e-book in multiple formats for reading on a multitude of readers. It does my head in just writing this sentence! As with print book publishing, we need these gurus to get the word out and our books into the right hands, which will then result in $$$$. Or so we hope.
Can you tell I’m VERY excited?
Not only will The Callahan Split be saving trees, it will also be cheaper than my previous five books. YAY!
In addition to being cheaper, buying The Callahan Split (or any other book) as an eBook means:
1. You can eat and read at the same time. So hard with print books as you need at least one hand to hold a page down – and then if you’re eating a sandwich with beetroot in it and the beetroot falls out, that print book will be scarred for life and most probably ruined.
2. Yes, with an eBook you DO have to power down during take-off and landing, BUT on the up side, the eReader is convenient! Not only can you store all six of my books on it, you can store thousands more and it won’t be any heavier to carry, or take up more luggage space when flying. (Remember kilo limits!)
4. With an eReader, you can increase the font size!
5. AND use it as a self defense weapon. Excellent!
(However, I wouldn’t recommend reading either a Kindle or print book in the bath tub!)
6. Cats, dogs and other animals are prone to chomping print books because they don’t like missing out on attention.
See what I mean!
7. Cats don’t go anywhere near Kindles.
8. The author gets to choose the cover, especially when self-published! Yay and Nay because (refer to my earlier point) we all judge books by their covers. When a publisher has the ultimate power, and punters don’t like the cover, authors can say ‘Yeah, I didn’t much care for it either…’ but when the author is GOD and thus gets to design and create the cover, ultimately the responsibility rests with them.
Or in this case, ME. I love The Callahan Split cover.
9. With a print book, you can cut away the pages and hide a gun. Not good! However, you can’t cut out the inside of a Kindle and do the same. This is very good!
One final thought – in a court room, can you swear on the download of the bible on a Kindle?
Print? eBook? Or both?