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