Following on from my piece yesterday, I have received a flurry of comments advising caution. Here are a few that highlight the main points:
My old mate Brian: While I still find reading a book on my laptop “bulky” I haven’t tried a Kindle yet. You know my love of books but it doesn’t mean I am anti anything else. A conversation I overheard W.H. Smiths. “I love my Kindle you should try it. If you really like what you have read you can always buy the book.” That would be the best of both worlds for you. I never thought that ebooks would replace books, after all we didn’t all throw our radios out when we bought our televisions.
My editor, Debi: The thing is, the demise of traditional print publishing is not around the corner. For full length novels, it remains the best possible route. Anyone who has written a really stonking book, had it edited, and has never given up will get there.
Cyberfriend Spangles: Rightly or wrongly, publishers are still very suspicious of writers who can get traditional deals but who veer off into self-publishing. To give you an example, I am currently putting together a collaboration with an author who wrote two books for a mass-market publisher, but who ten years later self-published their next book. This came up while I was discussing everything with my agent. She asked very sharply about the self-published project and said ‘Publishers won’t like that because they’ll wonder why he couldn’t get a trade deal.’
So there you have it. Accepting that eBooks are here to stay does not mean that they can’t coexist alongside the printed word. For me, that would be the best of all worlds because there will be more people reading and more media from which to read. It also means that I need not get embroiled in the self-publication process and can concentrate on what writers do best – writing.
*phew* that’s a relief!