eBooks: The way of the future?

I think any of us that love to read would agree that we love to hold a real book in our hands. The problem comes when we take a trip in the car or we take a flight; on those occasions we were standing in front of our bookshelves trying to decide which book or books to bring. If we were engrossed in a novel then the choice was easy; however, we still had to lug the book around. Then came the eBook.

I published my first work as an eBook–exclusively–and it has done well. At first I sold the book for about $1.99 and it sold a few hundred copies. Then I decided to offer the eBook for free. I sat back as a newly published author and thought: “What is more important…to sell books or to be read?” I decided I wanted to be read, and therefore, I changed the eBook price to free. Since doing so my eBook downloads between 2-15 copies a day and I am so excited to see that people are enjoying my work. Currently, “Apples of Gold” is in the top 5 free eBooks under the genre of Poetry at smashwords.com–thanks to my readers!

I am currently working on my newest eBook; this eBook is another edition of poetry and short stories called “Voices of the Heart.” It should be on virtual shelves for eReaders by March or April of this year. With the onslaught of eReaders and smart phone eReader apps, the market has now turned to a mixture of real and virtual books. I was in Best Buy the other day and the whole computer section had been completely remodeled to accommodate the new eReaders like Kindle Fire, Sonny, iPad, and others. It hasn`t been that long since I was last in Best Buy looking at a new laptop–what a shock it was to see that eReaders dominate the shelve space now.

What was it like to self publish an eBook? It was a lot of fun and, of course, a lot of work. My first eBook was self edited and I still go back and find errors in grammar and spelling, however, I don`t worry so much because, hey–I`m  not Stephen King who pays someone to edit his work. That being said, it is vital to an authors credibility to have a great finished product. I did go back on at least three occasions and unpublished, edited, and republished Apples of Gold; however, this is a pain for the stores and the author as it takes a few weeks to get the new version back on the virtual eBook shelves. In the end I decided what few errors were left could remain.

If you are an aspiring author and you`re considering self-publishing options I would highly recommend smashwords.com.  This publishing website is free (other than an ISBN for $9.95) and fairly easy to use for the novice. If you adhere to their publishing guidelines (they have a free eBook showing how to do so) you will  qualify for their premium catalog which will put your eBook on all the major eBook virtual shelves and website. These sites include: Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Sonny, and others (Amazon is still working on a deal with smashwords which will come very soon).

If you publish your eBook through smashwords you can retain full rights as the author; you can choose to move the work somewhere else in the future if it does well; you can also set up a website link and video links to help promote you eBook. There are virtually hundreds of new self-publishing sites–most charge a fee–smashwords.com is very low risk and gives the author total control.

I wish you all luck, please feel free to email me if you have questions at: scttbiddulph@gmail.com 

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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design. Scott continues working on his memoir Twisted Ride. He also maintains a Christian blog: A Disciple's Journey. Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider (with a huge beard). He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. - "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul. I love to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~Scott Biddulph~

4 comments

  1. That's the hardest part of self publishing. If you have a work that is truly filled with great writing and great content it will come a whole lot easier.

    I have used social networking, social media sites, email campaigns, websites dedicated to my published works. These are but a few of the options out there. If your budget allows you can hire it out as well.

    The main ingredient is good writing. I hope that helps. WP

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