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Archive for January, 2011

Really.  I’m blogging on my actual birthday.  No, I’m not going to tell you which one.

I happen to know that among my birthday gifts, I will be recieving two books on writing young adult fiction.  (When you buy and wrap your own gifts, there aren’t too many surprises, but at least you know you’re getting what you really want.)

WRITING AND SELLING THE YOUNG ADULT NOVEL by K. L. Going

and WILD INK: HOW TO WRITE FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS by Victoria Hanley

So, tomorrow, I get to start on one of those New Year’s resolutions–learn.

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E-Publishing

The new year is traditionally a time for looking ahead and anyone in or trying to be in the writing business right now would have to have their heads in the sand not to be aware of the potential–good and bad–of e-publishing.

It’s becoming more and more easy to just put your books out there for people to download to their various e-readers at whatever price you set.  This is both good and bad.  There’s no way anyone can keep you from publishing your stories, now.  There’s an end-run around the gate keepers of traditional publishing.  Of course, this also means that a lot that probably shouldn’t be published will be and the readers will have to find a way to sort through the slush pile that agents and editors cull for them in traditional publishing.

I haven’t begun to really get a grasp of what all e-publishing will mean to the future of publishing or for me personally.  I know a couple of people who are experimenting with it–even making sales and garnering good reviews from readers.

I really want a career as a traditionally published author.  I confess, however, that I’m a little tempted.  And more than a little frightened at the same time.

My first book, THE SHAMAN’S CURSE, rightfully got no interest at all from agents.  From the perspective of a year and a half later, I’m glad. It wasn’t ready. There’s a good chance that it will see a rewrite sometime in the next year, or so, but as it stands, it really isn’t good enough. But my third book, BLOOD WILL TELL, I truly believe is. It got only a little interest when I queried it, but I believe in that one still.  It’s tempting to think of e-publishing it and finding out if it really does have wings (like some of its characters).  But, will I still feel the same way about it a year from now? Or would I wish I could pull all those e-copies back? 

Well, this year, I intend to make a decision on that, one way or the other.  I’m not jumping off into the deep end just yet, but I am giving myself a deadline.  This year, I mean to learn a lot more about e-publishing, maybe stick a toe in with something much shorter, and make up my mind.

Fortune favors the brave, or so they say.

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