I’m a writer who publishes my books all by myself. The easiest, best, and most lucrative way to do that for me is to upload my books as data files to be sold as ebooks. I’m always interested, therefore, in what predictions people are making for the future of the ebooks industry. I was reading the Guardian the other day, and just such a story caught my eye. The headline is eye-catching, and it turns out to be a pretty good summary of what is actually said in the article.
My blog posts are usually just a bunch of carefree escapism and sci-fi shenanigans, with occasional angry barbs at Trump sprinkled in. This post is not like that. It is a lot heavier, and deals in part with my thoughts on a very disturbing subject. It deals with gun violence in the USA. Now is the time to click away if you are not in the right frame of mind to handle that today.
Just a few days ago I got an email from my eBook distributor - Draft2Digital - telling me that the book sellathon (apparently that’s not a word) called Christmas is approaching, and that if I want my latest book to be part of that particular maelstrom definitely a word, I would have to upload the text file and cover by 11th December. They are predicting that the flurry of pre-Christmas releases and the special holiday hours at online eBook stores will result in some delays.
I have been hammering away at the keyboard for months, gradually grinding out Drifter Prime, the latest installment in my epic sci-fi series of novels. Just to give an idea of where I am, here are a few words that I have written today. This is a scene where one of the main characters, Altia, faces off with one of the antagonists, Admiral Haygon, with whom she has some history.
Things have been busy in the world of self-publishing sci-fi books, one huge book aggregator is going out of business, while another has just won the coveted rights to send books to the big kahuna: Amazon. So why is this big news, and what is an aggregator anyway? Indie authors who want to sell books have to do it through companies like Amazon. They can upload ebooks to these online ebook retailers directly, but that is a lot of hard work, battling through unfriendly interfaces.
I have just been looking at the word count on my latest novel, and it has reached a whopping 42,000 words. I like to write books in the region of about 100,000 words, or a little more, so I am rapidly closing in on the half way point. This got me thinking about the various stages of the evolution of a novel, specifically my sci-fi novels. Mostly when people talk about the stages of a novel, they talk about a logical progression of several of them.
I’m trying to think of ways to promote my books, and at the moment I am flirting with YouTube. I’m spending time making animations to upload, just short simple ones for now, but maybe something more ambitious a little later. This post introduces my latest animation, a 3D spaceship video. First, just a short digression to mention that while I was writing the post, I suddenly started worrying about how long it should be.