Daily Archives: September 27, 2011

An Addendum to Something About to Go Live at SFSignal…

Right, so my big digital publishing post is about to go live at SFSignal, spaced out over two days. I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject, but I do think that throwing my ideas out there will encourage people who are experts to chime in with their perspective.

One of the things I didn’t touch upon, though, is something I saw at least six times in my Twitter feed yesterday that drives me absolutely up the wall.

Some people are calling this the eBook “Gold Rush” which is accurate inasmuch as the original gold rush led to very, very little actual gold for prospectors, who mostly died dirty and violent and drunk and shoved into each other in tents that were riddled with lice.

What we are seeing is a gold rush, in that the supply depots and grifters and tool providers will make a killing in this gold rush. Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes&Noble, etc., are going to make a million-billion dollars. We authors? No.

For us, it’s more of a hopeful crawl than a gold rush. Income is slow, as always, and builds slowly, and word builds slowly, and there actually isn’t very much money in it, but we’re all very hopeful that we can STRIKE A BIG VEIN ANY DAY NOW!

Unless of course we are not hopeful for that big strike, and we prefer to continue doing what we do best: producing quality content that is worth a few dollars, and enough of it that people will provide us with enough money to keep us alive and off the government dole.

Harumph.

Right, so even though I’m still hammering out the details on the cover art with an awesome artist whose name you would recognize, I’m going to go ahead and post a link to the project that has come out, in case people stumble over here looking for it, and no one knows what the heck is going on about it:

check your favorite e-Retailer of eBooks for this one, folks, and/or hold your breath for a cover that isn’t just one of two sketch placeholders.

I’m not officially “launching” this thing out right now, but it is out, and I guess it will launch “officially” in mid-October. (eBooks, and micropress books, benefit from a long, deliberate launch, I think…)

Full Version:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=httpjmmcdtrip-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B005NC0MXA

Discount Version With Just Two of the Stories as a Sampler/Teaser:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=httpjmmcdtrip-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B005NIY69A

Also up at Barnes&Noble for Nook. And Smashwords (presumably their affiliates, too, eventually…)

As in all things eBook/MicroPress anything you can do to spread the word is helpful and appreciated. Also, as you’re reading, if you come across any weird hiccups in formatting and spelling and whatnot, let me know. The manuscript was vetted by more than one editor on a story-by-story but that definitely doesn’t mean a few ghosts haven’t slipped through the package-ware. I’ve been clearing the chaff out, especially trying to get the formatting right on each device, but it’s one of the reasons you want to do a soft launch of eBooks, so you have time to actually see them on a couple devices…

Anyway. Yeah. Not a gold rush for us, really, or only one in that the gold rush did not lead to very much gold for the prospectors back in the day.

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I won’t have time to update my website today, maybe not this week, but…

But… Moonlight Tuber #3 is live and in the world, including a story of mine.
http://moonlighttuber.wordpress.com

Paul Jessup’s Coffin Mouth is live, as well, with a story by me:
http://coffinmouth.wordpress.com/

Also, as it will be outed in a few minutes by SFSignal.com, I feel like I should mention this here, first, though I’ve been hinting at it for a couple weeks.

The cover isn’t final (I’m hiring someone for that, and it’s still in process), nor is absolutely all the layout and stuff final (I’m still tweaking it for each device), but the stories are there and any changes that happen, at this point, should be pretty minimal (except the cover):

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=httpjmmcdtrip-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B005NC0MXA

Also up on Smashwords, Nook, if you care to look for it.

There’s a discount sampler of the stuff, with just two of the stories, that are free on Smashwords, and 99cents on Kindle. Want to taste the stuff before deciding to buy the stuff? Got you covered: link.

If you like it, please tell people about it. Indie/Micro titles are always fighting to make themselves heard in this noisy world. Every little bit helps.

Have you read pieces of this in The Raleigh Review? In Coffin Mouth (linked above)? In The Journal of Unlikely Entomology? Have you said to yourself that you’d like to read a lot more of that sort of thing?

Well, there it is. It is a thing. It is in the world. Enjoy.

The world is changing. The book world is going through massive, huge, crazy, scary, amazing, wonderful changes. I go into some detail about that over at SFSignal, in two posts. The first of the two goes live in about half an hour. The second part goes live tomorrow.

There’s also going to be an addendum to the two posts at SFSignal over here, in about half an hour, where I talk about this “eBook Gold Rush” that doesn’t, actually exist…

Peace and Love,

J. M. McDermott

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