Spring Fever, by Harma-Mae Smit. Cover by Paulina D. (all rights reserved)
So I decided to take a shot at e-publishing. If you listen to the hype, the world of e-publishing has exploded in the last couple years—it is the way of the future, it will revolutionize the industry, and so on and so forth. I’m not sure if all the evidence supporting that is in yet, but I still think e-publishing is a worthwhile experiment for authors. Which is why I e-published a short Christmas story yesterday. After all, what have I got to lose?
Only the chance of ever being taken seriously by traditional publishers, if you listen to the detractors of e-publishing. Self-published ebooks look amateur, are unedited, and only sell if you’re lucky. Hmmm…
Oh well. I can’t get a feel for something until I try it, which is the reason for this experiment. I don’t expect to become a best-selling author by next Monday, that’s for sure. But how am I going to understand this new world if I don’t dip my feet in? It is just so different from the traditional route—already my head is whirling with different distribution platforms, methods of advertising, and formatting issues. And thus, Spring Fever (yes, that’s really the title, though it has to do with both Christmas and spring) has been published.
You may think this post is just a plug to let all my lovely readers know I have e-published something (I don’t know if the word ‘self-published’ makes sense because I’m not really doing the publishing myself). But truly, I want to hear your thoughts on e-publishing. Just a fad, or here to stay? Would you try it?
Note: yes, I did forget to post on Wednesday. How could I forget??? I blame it on exam-and-paper stress.
Update: You can get a copy of Spring Fever free in any format here at Smashwords. It’s the perfect short five-minute read to take on your next bus or train commute. Emily isn’t sure why she’d have spring fever when it’s almost Christmas, but she’s about to find out it has something to do with romance!
It’s also available at Amazon.