I grew up with paper books – tangible things that you could see and feel and collect. My bookshelves overflowed, and I loved each and every one of those books. I still do, but over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the many benefits of e-books.
From a reader’s point of view, I can keep hundreds of them in my mini-laptop and read them anywhere from the airports to in the car waiting for someone, to at the park at lunchtime. That’s quite a plus for someone who managed to read five full-length novels while on a six-day family visit last spring. I can’t imagine the horror of having to lug five books from one end of the Chicago airport to the other, along with the rest of my baggage. I’m just not that athletic!
I buy e-books whenever one of my favorite authors has a new release, or when I’m browsing a publisher’s site and a book catches my imagination. I can store infinite numbers of them on a tiny little USB key or on the hard drive of the mini, ready for me whenever I need to take a break from reality. They take up hardly any space and the mini weighs in at three pounds –easy to tuck into my purse and haul around with me.
But it is as an author that I have truly learned to embrace the age of e-book. Traditional methods of writing require an author to print off hundreds of pages of manuscript, package it up neatly, and ship it to a prospective publisher. The manuscript can come and go dozens of times before it finally finds a home, and postage isn’t cheap these days. It’s a daunting proposition.
As an e-book author, I sent out queries and proposals by e-mail. Once I have a contract, I sit on my sofa, in my living room, thousands of miles from my publisher and write the story. It can bounce back and forth from me to my editor until it sparkles, and then it’s off to the proofers while I still lounge in the comfort of my home. In a mere couple of months, it’s up on the Publisher’s website and my royalties start to accumulate.
Compare that to the timeline of a print book, which can take up to two years or longer from the time that it is accepted for publication until the time it graces the shelves of the bookstore. Add on another six months before the fist royalty check is issued, and you can see why, from the author’s point of view, e-pubs are wonderful venues!
The life of an e-pubbed author is good!
Anne Kane lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with a bouncy Jack Russell terrier, a cantankerous Himalayan cat, and too many fish to count. She has two handsome sons and three adorable grandchildren. By day, she’s a respectable bean counter, but after hours her imagination soars and she writes romances that span the galaxy and encompass beings of all sizes, shapes and origins.She first started telling stories as a child and she just can’t seem to stop.
Her hobbies include kayaking, hiking, motorcycles, swimming, skating, karate, playing guitar, singing and of course, reading.
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