Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Same Old, Same Old?

New publishing ventures are showing up all the time. Gracie Passette, who says she's a veteran of the sex biz, has created at least two new sites for peddling erotica. One is Sex Kitten, the other To read more about the latter, go to:

Now my dilemma is: what should I do with Beyond You & Me?

1. There's the e-book route, but most folks in publishing insist e-books aren't REAL books (I guess they eat quiche or something that makes them less real).

2. There's printing it myself and selling it on-line. My garage filled with books.

3. There's POD (iUniverse and other "print when you've sold a copy" services).

4. Then there are new, start-up operations like Gracie's.

One problem with the e-books is their ghastly covers: in an effort to save money, it appears many of them resort to graphics that look like they were scammed off a video game. Laura Croft as nude bodice-ripper heroine?

If it's true, as Miss Snark maintains, that agents and publishers are clueless about what will SELL (as opposed to what they LIKE), then should I follow my capitalist instincts and go with the new technologies. After all, at least the book would be out there in print.

Or is an e-book not really in print?


Blogger Miss Snark said...

Look at what Jamie over at is doing with cafepress for his book Envy The Rain.

6:26 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Goldfish said...

E-books are most definitely 'in print' - otherwise they wouldn't have things like electronic rights to worry about, Harper-Collins wouldn't be producing and selling them, and FictionWise wouldn't have built a business out of them.

An example of a multiply e-published author is LaZette Gifford - she's also an e-publisher herself, since last year.

Could be worth looking into. As e-book readers become friendlier (smaller, lighter, and easier to read) this industry will grow.

Good luck!

6:27 PM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger W. S. Cross said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Much obliged.

10:42 PM, August 29, 2005  

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