Happy Hump Day, WG2E-Land!
It’s Epublishing News Round-Up Time…and this week, that means the big ‘ole ”What If” questions are no longer ours for the asking only when we, as writers, are actually writing our books.
…is now a huge question on the business-side of our writing-for-publication careers too!
I found this article – from the I Love My Kindle blog - beyond fascinating in its “What If” premise:
As y’all know by now, I read and reference the super smart Bufo Calvin of I Love My Kindle quite a bit here at The WG2E.
And I love his “What If” postulates in this blog piece. However, I do respectfully disagree with him on a few points:
1. I think he’s greatly underestimating the power of social networking and media to unknown, new authors.
(See my Monday Real Numbers Post for how I’m making the Indie Epub route very successful despite building from a newer than newbie origination point. Then, take a look at the Kindle Boards for further proof of what social media can do at all levels of an author’s career.)
2. Traditional Pubs do indeed have all the in’s and know all the out’s of Big Media like The Today Show, and the New York Times and USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly, etc…but, the simple truth is, those same TradiPubs choose NOT TO USE those venues for most of their authors. Not only that, for new and midlist authors…in today’s TradiPub world, you’re lucky to get publisher-made and printed bookmarks to hand-out…let alone any superstar-worthy, major media attention.
3. Brick-and-mortar floor space is greatly decreasing (for example, there are going to be what…300 plus fewer Borders stores now…and who knows what will happen to the rest of their stores). So even if your TradiPubbed book makes it into the stores, because space is even tighter, we may see books staying on those shelves even less time than the few short weeks or months they currently get space. That means, going the TradiPub route, new authors have even less of a chance to find then build their reader and fan bases.
So that’s what I disagree with…but boy-oh-boy do I agree with Bufo that “What If” ‘all e-books were published independently’ is a perhaps not-too-far-from-reality “What If” conversation beyond worthy of being cussed and discussed.
WG2E-Land Discusssion Point: What do y’all think…About Bufo’s article? And about Publishing’s new “What Ifs”?
The Best of WG2E Wishes — D. D. Scott