Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Monday, August 2, 2010

E-Books

The advent of the Kindle and the Nook has caused a major sea change in the publishing world.

Last week, one publisher announced that for the first time, the sale of E-books was greater than the sale of hard covers and paperbacks for that month.

Several people have suggested that I put my first manuscript up as an E-book. My friend, Vicki, who is an acquisitions editor at a major Christian publisher, told me that Amazon is looking for authors for E-books.

It's tempting. The actual listing of the book would be easy. I wouldn't have to put out five or ten thousand dollars first, as I would if I wanted a vanity press to run my book off.

But then again, as my friend Vicki points out, my first manuscript is set in the 5th Century. Not exactly the top of the list as far as historicals go. In her words, "it's a hard sell".

I want to hold out for a real live agent. Someone who loves my stories and thinks he or she can sell them. Someone who can advise me and give me feedback. Someone who won't be afraid to tell me when my writing stinks!

I'm going to avoid the temptation and hold out for that agent. Back to work on manuscript #3.