Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I'm Starting an Ebook

Lately I've felt a lot of frustration and vulnerability regarding some of my published books. Readers want them but they're not in stores and are unavailable online. When royalties are owed, the publisher can't take my phone calls. I have no control over anything. I'm at the mercy of the publisher. This is fine if the publisher is on your side, as many of my publishers are, but this is a nightmare when they are not. I can assure you it is not a situation anyone wants to be in.

Because of this I've decided to take a chance and self-publish an ebook of some of my short stories set in Botswana. Initially I was going to make a mixed collection of stories set here as well as elsewhere or even include some creative non-fiction, but a friend of mine who knows more about marketing ebooks than I do said I need to target my market more tightly so I'm sticking to my Botswana stories.

I'm doing it a slightly more expensive way. I'm hiring an ebook publisher in South Africa to put the book together in a few different formats. I know I could do this myself but I'm not sure it would be done as professionally as I would like. I'm also using the same person to design the book cover as they have professional book cover designers. I've also hired a professional editor to go through the manuscript.

But I will be doing all of the marketing myself, and that I'm sure will be a big, steep learning curve.

I'm not giving up publishing with traditional publishers, I just feel I want somewhere where I have more control over things, even if it is with only one book. Besides it really is time all writers get more active in the transformation of the industry or else we'll get left behind. This is my first step into the new publishing world. Let's hope it goes well!

9 comments:

Kim hanks said...

Good luck and i wish you success!!

Geosi said...

This is a very bold step and I urge you on. All the best!

Lauri said...

Thanks guys. I've never self published before and know very little about ebooks but I'm taking the plunge. As I learn things and make mistakes, which I'm sure I will, I'll post it all here.

Helen Ginger said...

I can't wait to hear how the process and sales go! I wish you much success.

hearwritenow said...

I'm looking forward to this. I would love to get a copy.

Elle

Lauri said...

I was thinking I'd like to have it ready by Xmas but now because of some exciting news which will come out on Monday I'm switching into fast gear. When it's up Elsa I'll let you know.

Lauri said...

Thanks Helen!!

Selma said...

Good for you, Lauri. I think it is the way of the future for many of us and you are certainly savvy enough to cover all of your bases. I wish you alk the best with it!

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