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Monday, August 06, 2007

Epublishing 101 Kim Baccellia

Young Adult author Kim Baccellia stops by on her blog tour to talk about epublishing. Welcome to StoryCrafters!

I always thought my first novel would go the traditional route--agent, editor, publisher, and then a book at my local Borders. But after a number of rejections and disappointments, I decided to think outside the box. Why not try another way of publishing? Thus the idea of epublishing came to me.

There are a number of things I liked about epublishing. I liked the way you can download a number of books. I love the new Sony reader! But also, I love the idea of doing something different and new. And what better way to do this then by having my book epublished.

I ended up looking into an epublisher that does e-serials. Think Dickens meets the Internet. I thought this was a good idea, so I looked up their website. I ended up subscripting to two of their serials, and was impressed. So I queried them and later received a letter requesting the first four chapters. Then a month later, I received a request for my manuscript. After a couple of months, I received an acceptance letter. I decided this was a great opportunity to get my book out there and also to learn more about the publishing world.

So I signed with them.

Some suggestions if you decide to epublish:

**Not all epublishers are created equal. Make sure to do your research.

**One great site is Piers Anthony’s website. http://www.hipiers.com/publishing.html#V1 He lists some legit epublishers.

** Predators and Editors lists some epublishers that are legit and which ones to avoid.

**Join EPIC. http://www.epicauthors.com/index.html
This organization will help you with links to contests, reviewers, and other sites that support epublished work.

** Attend on-line conferences. A good one to attend is The Muse On-line conference in October.
http://www.freewebs.com/themuseonlinewritersconference/

**Have a website.

**Don’t be afraid to get word out about your ebook. One good site is http://www.bookswelove.net/. This site holds annual contests for epublished writers.

** Have a blog.

** Check out the book PLUG YOUR BOOK! by Steven Weber. This book has some great tips on marketing your book.

In conclusion, signing with an epublisher has opened doors for me that otherwise would have stayed close. Epublishing is the future. Who knows what the next few years will bring?
You can check out Kim's website here.

6 comments:

Kim Baccellia said...

Hi!

Thanks for dropping by. If you have any questions, I'll be here all day.

Best,

Kim

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the great insight, Kim.

The world of publishing sure has changed since I was a kid. Technology has made things interesting.

Do you still feel that there is a stigma attached to eBooks? When they first came out, it seems like people felt the reason an author would choose an ePublisher was because she couldn't get published the traditional way. But that certainly doesn't seem to be the case any longer.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and if you've received any negative feedback as a result of choosing an electronic format for your novel. What kinds of positive feedback have you received about this format too?

Thanks.

Cheryl M.

Kim Baccellia said...

Hi, Cheryl!

Yes, unfortuately I still think there's a stigma attached to ebooks. People think that it's not really published and lump us with the self published crowd.

Though I really do think this is changing. Look at some traditonal New York publishers that are making ebooks or even some libraries getting their books on line. Once the Sony reader or another one comes down in price--(the Sony one costs $350) I think more people will use ebooks.

I have received positive feedback from some places. One PR teacher told me she thought it was exciting that I was thinking 'outside' the box. A couple other places have been very supportive of my epublished book. I think it's not if but when ebooks will become more popular. I can't help but think of how people didn't think the computer would catch on. Boy, were they wrong!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for your comments Kim. I would tend to agree with you that eBooks will become more popular over time.

I have a problem sitting down at my PC to read a book because I usually do my reading in the tub. Ouch, just think of what could happen. LOL!

Thanks again for the great insight in epublishing.

Cheryl

Sarah said...

I also think that when the readers drop in price it will boost e-publishing. When the reader drops into the $50 to $100 range, it will change publishing. I love my books, but I move a lot, and to have them in an electronic format would be cool. I think that Kim is a great example of quality literature that is e-published.

Whiskers Ink said...

Good luck on your virtual book tour Kim!