Wizards of the Coast has been aggressively moving into the e-book market over the last year, publishing new titles as e-book exclusives and re-releasing their backlist. Maiden of Pain gets its turn today. A big thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the book. If you aren’t one of those types who will be glued to the tube watching football on Thanksgiving, might I humbly suggest curling up with your preferred e-reader and a tale of Sword & Sorcery action and adventure featuring a strong female lead. Nothing says cozy like a good book and a belly full of turkey and all the fixings.
I’m still waiting to hear back from Lore about “Mig’s Rebellion,” the new Janner Kohl story. It hasn’t quite been 90 days yet, but I was hoping for some news to be thankful for before the holiday.
In the meantime, I’ve started work on my own e-book project. Like many authors and readers, I was initially resistant to the idea of the e-book. I feared losing the ability to hold an actual book, and e-book publishers were too similar to vanity presses. The market has evolved, matured, making those concerns less relevant. I guess I truly gave up the fight this summer when we bought a Kindle. For the most part, I don’t mind “flipping” or scrolling through pages, and Amazon and B&N appeal to the entrepreneur in me as markets for short stories, especially as traditional markets disappear. My lack of name recognition and prolificacy means I don’t have a built-in audience, but I’m willing to do some marketing legwork through social media, and have no expectations of becoming a self-published sensation and striking it rich. This is just an exercise in how to best get my writing to people who want to read it.
So now I’m doing my best to embrace the format as an author. I’ve been reading up on how to format manuscripts and publish through Amazon and B&N. I’m also collaborating with an illustrator on a cover design. I thought I might have things ready to go in time to release the e-book alongside Maiden, but grad school has been a killer this term. As things stand now, putting the e-book together will end up being my Winter Break project, and should generate a few posts relating things I learned going through the process.