Many thanks to Paul White for including my book, “Dalliance; A Collection of Poetry and Prose” on his blog, Take A Sneak Peek, (https://takeasneakpeak.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/dalliance/). For information on getting your book included on Take A Sneak Peek please visit, (https://takeasneakpeak.wordpress.com/about/). Paul is offering a wonderful service to readers and authors and I strongly recommend checking out his site.
I harbour a healthy scepticism regarding get rich quick schemes. You know the kind of scheme, buy my book or subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll show you how to become a millionaire in two shakes of a duck’s tail. I am pleased to report that Catherine Ryan Howard’s book, Self printed: The Sane Persons Guide to Self Publishing (see http://www.amazon.co.uk/Self-Printed-Persons-Guide-Self-Publishing-Edition/dp/1478385545), does not fall into this category. Howard whitterly guides us through the world of self publishing in both it’s traditional printed form (she recommends using Create Space) and it’s younger sibling, Amazon Kindle ebooks. The author humorously warns against dreams of literary fame (a few self published authors, for example E L James) will shoot up the best sellers list and earn eye watering amounts of money, however James is very much the exception and not the rule. Self published authors can, however earn respectable sums if they expend care and attention on their work.
Howard sees the perceived conflict between traditional and self publishing as unhealthy. Both self publishing and it’s traditional counterpart can survive and what is right for one author is not, necessarily the correct option for another.
Howard’s book is well worth a read and I’d recommend it.
A piece in today’s Guardian (9 January) observes that the decline in print book sales slowed in 2012. While ebooks and ebook readers proliferate the love of traditional books dies hard.
The article points to the huge discounts offered by ebook retailers such as Sony and Amazon in order to enhance ebook sales. For example some best selling authors have had their ebooks sold for as little as £0.20. The two authors interviewed by The Guardian admit to having mixed feelings concerning the discounting of their work. On the one hand they welcome the increased exposure which discounting provides (more people buy their work) while, on the other hand the writers feel that such discounting devalues books as it fails to take into account the great effort in terms of time and money expended in producing works of literature.
For this interesting article please visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/09/printed-book-sales-2012