Like a lot of writers, I am following the revolution in publishing with a mixture of fear, interest and bated breath. I’m an old fogey baby-boomers’ kid who’s moderately IT-literate but am still a bit suspicious of things like Kindles and MP3 players. It’s not because I don’t like progress it’s just that I like books and CDs. However, just because I like them doesn’t mean my kids do or that I’m in a majority. It seems that I’ll be in a minority in the next few weeks or months or maybe I am already. I’m getting the feeling that we traditionalists are Luddites, wedded to the past because we don’t like the idea that change is inevitable. But the more I read about it, the more I feel that to ignore the growth in eBooks is like trying to resist the incoming tide. To cap it all, I have been reading David Gaughran’s book (see http://davidgaughran.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/lets-get-digital-by-david-gaughran.pdf) which really says it like it is. David Gaughran is dgaughran on The Word Cloud, by the way.
Now, my question is: I have three perfectly good unpublished novels which have been turned down by the publishing world because they are cross-genre, not because they’re bad. They were all edited by Debi Alper and have the WW seal of approval. Now, I could self-publish these as eBooks for the Kindle, couldn’t I? My latest opus is currently with superagent Peter Buckman and I won’t touch that as it is strict genre and should be publishable in the conventional way. However, I would be intrigued to see how the old compares with the new; eBook versus hard copy.
Q: Should I go for it?