Friday, October 4, 2013

The Publishing Process: Part One

A year or so ago my brother Mike bought a Kindle ereader.  Mike let me try it out and a week later I bought one for myself, a Kindle keyboard.  I like my Kindle.  My own dear mother who is over 21 and holding wanted one, so I managed to secure a Kindle keyboard for Mom.  She's having a good time with it.

Taking a quick look at ereader history, I got this from A brief history of eBooks By Michael Kozlowski.

1998: The first eBook readers appear in the market: The Softbook and Gemstar’s Rocket eBook Reader.

2007: Online book retailer Amazon.com releases the Kindle, made exclusively for the American market. The first lot of Kindles sells out in five and a half hours.

Which is where I stopped reading.  Sold out in five and one half hours?  Out?  Like, people want them but there ain't none?  The smart money immediately found an empty slot in Amazon's parade and hitched their float to it.  Late comers to the rear, but in this case it's better late than never, and Amazon is equally welcoming to everyone who wants to publish an eBook.

I am now one such person.

My contribution to classic literature is Magic For Hire, an anthology of stories about an itinerant wizard who must deal with the practicalities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter while striving for the luxuries; wine, women and song.  If it were easy, everyone would do it.

That goes for publishing as well.  Any literate person can write a novel, a short story, a play, or a whatever.  Ah, but getting published - that's the ticket.  After I got my anthology together in one file, I spent another forty hours of hard work trying to figure out how to get my work to Amazon and sell it, a process that both of us want to see succeed.  Trust me, it ain't easy but it can be done.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be writing about the publishing process, most of which is going to be a real learning and growth experience for me.  My hope is that a few people will read my missives and avoid breaking their ankle by stepping in the same gopher holes I didn't see until too late.


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