Some Kind of Moment: A Short Story eBook

SKoM final paperback (layers)Today marks the release of my new short story ebook, “Some Kind of Moment.” Here’s the synopsis:

Friendship can be confusing. 20-year-old Izzy Desmond likes killing time with Luke, an endearingly eccentric slacker, and feels herself drifting apart from Mandy, the Beverly Hills party girl she befriended freshman year. When the three mismatched friends spend a day together at the Santa Monica Pier, Izzy tries to figure out what Luke and Mandy really mean to her, and whether the connections she has with them can last.

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I really hope you enjoy the story! A special thank you to Pj Kneisel for designing my beautiful cover and helping me edit the book. I couldn’t have done this without you.

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Taking the Plunge into the World of Self-Publishing

Until a few weeks ago, I had completely dismissed the idea of self-publishing my work. I’d heard of a few success stories, sure, but I felt very attached to the idea of having my memoir published by a traditional publishing house. I knew the odds were good that I’d barely make any money that way. But hey, writers shouldn’t expect to make money from their work, right? We write because we love it, and that’s all that matters.

That’s what I kept telling myself even after I found out that most new authors never even earn out their average $5,000 advances and only make about 10% of royalties after they do. I still believed that traditional publishers had the power to make me a “legitimate” writer with a nationally distributed book, and that self-publishing couldn’t provide that. Turns out, I was wrong.

I started doing some research, and purchased the ebook, “Let’s Get Digital: How to Self-Publish, and Why You Should” by David Gaughran, which I highly recommend. I discovered that self-publishing is becoming an increasingly legitimate and profitable pathway for writers to publish their work. Not only do you get to keep around 70% of your book’s royalties, but you retain full control over the content, the cover, and the book’s distribution. And, with ebooks, you don’t even have to worry about printing costs and distribution. Anyone with an internet connection can read your work.

Yes, I will agree that allowing people to publish anything does launch a lot of work into the literary canon that probably has no place there. But it’s up to us as readers to figure out what’s worth reading, and that’s not hard to do. It only takes a moment to determine whether or not the author has put serious time and effort into publishing their book.

As an experiment, and more importantly, as a way to start getting my work out into the world while I write my full-length memoir, I’m going to publish one of my essays as an ebook. I plan to go all out in terms of hiring a professional editor and cover designer for the project. I want to give it a real shot and see what happens. I also plan to blog about my experiences for those who are interested in learning more about the process.

What do you all think about self-publishing? Have any of you self-published before? I’d love to hear your experiences.

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A Review of the Kindle by a Stubborn Book Lover

It’s true: I am now the hesitant owner of a Kindle. For a long time, I had been one of those stubborn literature purists who rallied against the invention of the Kindle and the death of the book. I had given no consideration to the idea of getting an ebook reader. I scoffed at anyone who said they had one while waxing poetic about the experience of holding a book, smelling its pages, looking at the cover, flipping through its contents with my fingertips. Besides, isn’t everything already getting a bit too digital for comfort? Why would we need to digitize our literature? Isn’t anything sacred?

However, after playing with another book lover’s Kindle, I decided that maybe I should get one. After all, who wouldn’t love the idea of a portable library, a device that can not only store hundreds of books, but that allows you to purchase new ones with the click of a button? Feeling like a traitor, I quietly asked for a Kindle as a Christmas present. When my relatives saw my new aquisition, they actually raised their eyebrows at me.

“Really? You asked for a Kindle? But aren’t you really into books?”

“Yes,” I told them. “And this will help me read even more books.”

Now, please don’t get me wrong. I’m still going to make plenty of trips to the library and book store. I will still buy paper books because I love them. Nothing can replace the experience of the book. But having a Kindle opens up new opportunities for reading. It makes it easier to buy a book on a whim, and allows me to always have a small library of books with me when I leave the house.

There are many things that real books have over Kindle books. While I hope that paper books never go extinct, I do think that, as readers, we should try to stay open minded. For those who love reading, the Kindle is another format for getting that fix.

So far, I’ve downloaded several classics for free, including The Secret Garden, Pride and Prejudice, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I have sampled several books (you can get the first chapter of most Kindle books sent to your device for free) and bought a couple after sampling them. The Kindle has a built-in dictionary, which allows you to look up words in the text without leaving the page. You can highlight passages you like and add notes to them, and the Kindle will store them for you.

As I said before, I don’t see the Kindle replacing my desire for paper books. I still haven’t adjusted to the idea of reading on a digital screen, despite how paper-like it attempts to be. But I’m pleased that I have another way to get access to books. If the Kindle encourages people to read more by making books more portable and accessible, I think that it’s a good thing.

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