Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Electronic Publishing Bingo Card


Worth a post all by itself, I give you John Scalzi's electronic publishing bingo card.

At first I thought of taking the card and playing seriously with it.  That is, marking down each time I saw one of the things in the squares during my readings of blogs, articles, and list serve discussions.  Then I realized, what fun would that be? I'd fill the card in an hour of reading.  Two max.

Maybe this shows more what I've been reading than that the world is all atwitter over the topic.

BTW, anyone else annoyed that they feel like they can't use the word "atwitter" anymore because it's too close to Twitter?  Every time I go to type atwitter, I wonder if I should only use it to refer to that which Twitter is atwitter about and that makes me sad.

I'm terribly interested in e-publishing information, but then again I'm terribly interested in publishing information, period.  I even took a graduate level course on publishing this past fall.  I find it all fascinating, and I think that shrewd business moves can be made through the use of ebook publication.  Then again, it's not the medium or the market that has the golden touch, it's the author.  And just as many stupid business moves can be made through ebook publication as smart ones (probably more if human nature has anything to say about it).

I'm interested, I'm just starting to get very annoyed with all those out there talking about e-publishing like it is the messiah come to save us from the publishing industry, low authors' advances, mistreatment of mid-list authors, mistreatment of new authors, the decline of hard cover books, the decline of mass market paperback books, the decline in reading, the increase in reading that's not novels, growth of technology use, the death of paper, the death of brick and mortar book stores, the death of polar bears, cheap readers with limited discretionary funds who can afford a $200 e-reader but not the $10 book to read on it, and those nasty nasty gatekeeping agents who want to do things like sell your book.

Don't get me wrong folks, I find it interesting, but I'm not bowing at the altar.

10 comments:

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

**I should note that I don't believe in half of those un-quantified, anecdotal "death of" or "decline of" statements.

Except the polar bears. They really are in decline. There's scientific evidence to back that one up.

studies show that technology has made us read MORE than ever before ... we're just not necessarily reading more fiction. Although a case could be made that if we're reading more in general, then maybe our fiction consumption has flatlined, not decreased, but when compared to the overall quantity of reading the percentage is smaller because of the increased sum. Hmm ...

E.C. Smith said...

The e-pub debate is raging, isn't it? You do hear about it all over the place.

It'll be interesting to see where it goes in the next few years. As for the decline of reading...I have no idea. I buy so many books I've got the quota covered for at least three families! lol.

Elizabeth Twist said...

My favourite e-publishing saw is only semi-represented: "Even if you get a traditional publisher, you still have to do your own publicity...so why not e-publish it myself?"

Liz said...

I love polar bears, but how did those make it in there?

As the daughter of two librarians I can not give up on printed books and I will confintue to love them always. No kindle for me. As tempted as I am by epublishing I don't think it in any way should be construed as a way around traditional publishing, or making publshers and literary agents out to be evil, etc etc. It's a different method that can succed or fail just like anything else.

KarenG said...

Like you I'm interested in what's going on in the publishing industry, as writers it's important to stay informed of the trends and all that. But there's no one answer, right way, wrong way or any of that except writing crap and thinking by some magic formula it will become not crap and make you millions. Publishers aren't going away because they help take a writer's raw material-- a promising manuscript-- and turn it into a well-crafted, well-designed book ready for purchase. Every so often a self-pubbed writer will do it on their own. I posted about one who did it on my last Celery Tree post. And it wasn't an ebook. But it was a lucky combination of circumstances and timing and being in the right place at the right time that helped a *poorly edited* *yes, I bought a copy and read it* self-published book sell hundreds of thousands of copies in less than a year. So it happens. Doesn't mean there is any way to MAKE it happen. I think writers need to be aware but focus on their craft and do their best work, period, not rush out to try and copy someone else's success.

I don't know if this long, rambling comment makes sense. It feels like a rant but oh well.

Cheers!

KarenG

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

@Liz: the polar bears are just to wake you up.

Elizabeth Twist said...

@KarenG:

"But there's no one answer, right way, wrong way or any of that except writing crap and thinking by some magic formula it will become not crap and make you millions."

Sigh...but it was such a good plan.

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

Both Karen and Elizabeth Twist hit on or near the biggest drawback from epublishing: that division of labor is far more effective.

And if you don't think so, and you don't want to take the assembly line advances of proof -- or let's say you want proof that has to do with art not industry -- then check out Amanda Hocking's reasons for signing with an NYC publishing house. http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110324/ts_yblog_thecutline/26-year-old-self-published-ebook-sensation-lands-7-digit-deal

Monica said...

Found you from the A-Z Challenge, it sounds like it’s going to be so much fun (with a bit of stress thrown in) and I can’t wait to get started!! I’m now following your blog on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog.
Monica
http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/

Monica said...

Found you from the A-Z Challenge, it sounds like it’s going to be so much fun (with a bit of stress thrown in) and I can’t wait to get started!! I’m now following your blog on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog.
Monica
http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/

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