I am more confused than ever about how any author can survive the electronic book age. I became an author because I love to write and also because I wanted to see my work published in a medium that could be held, cherished and displayed in a library. My vision was of hot coffee, comfortable chair and the feel of a book in my hands with pages turning quickly as my mind raced with pictures of a world and life beyond my own. Instead, I now feel the cold, hard surface of an electronic reader with a $.99 download which may, but probably not, pay an author a few pennies if they are lucky.
I guess it is welcome to the 21st century while I am still stuck reading a book while sitting in a dusty library forgotten by time. The fireplace has gone out, and a chill makes me shiver as I look for reading companions who are long gone. My loneliness is only made worse by the realization that children will never know my pleasure and fond memories of what reading meant to generations past.
But that was a different time and it marches on without thought of past memories or experiences. I will not let technology ruin my bid for recognition; instead, mastering the new electronic book process has become my goal. Perhaps I will even make and market a leather book cover for e-Book readers who still want the feel of an expensive masterpiece while reading the newest download.
While I am not totally ignorant of the computer age, I still have a lot to learn about how to market novels in today’s electronic age. In fact, it is moving so fast that most will never catch up. No matter, the information is out there and I know how to acquire it on my trusty laptop. I could just pay my POD publisher to install my latest novel on all the e-Book venues, but what fun is that. I want to learn how to do it myself.
I’m just saying,