Copyright: ©2011 Kirk Yuras
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Frequently Asked Questions:
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Why Electronic Publication?
Ownership. You might've noticed that bit about the Copyright in the first column. Most authors (especially first time authors) do not own their book. For shame! Somewhere along the way, publishing houses asked too much. Somewhere along the way authors lost their spine. Electronic publication guarantees I am the sole owner of this work.
I have to market and promote my book either way. Typically, authors are responsible for marketing and promoting their book (especially first time authors) even if they sign on with a major publishing house. For established mega-sellers like George R.R. Martin, some publishing houses will dig deep. For new authors, this is rarely the case.
Booming E-market/ Fizzling Physical books. Many people consider E-books a passing trend. Trends come and go but some market forces supersede fad. Fact is, Borders closing has a windfall effect on physical book sales similar to nuclear fall-out on a field of crops. 399 Borders Book stores are closing and all their physical shelf space is gone forcing the same amount of authors into newly confined space. Barnes and Noble is also exchanging many of its books for other media (games, coffee mugs, CD's.)
I once heard competition for shelf space (and sales) was something like two wolverines fighting over dinner. Now its more like a den of rabid wolverines, fighting over scraps with a pack of wolves on the sidelines and grizzlies waiting to clean up.
Some stats indicate as many as 70% readers prefer a physical copy to an electronic one, but like it or not, more and more authors are being forced into the E-Market.
Does writing quality suffer from E-Books and self-publishing?
Typically, yes. Again, facts are facts. When a writer is published through a traditional publisher, they're edited on a number of levels, including a line-by-line grammar check as well as large-structure plot editing. A traditional publishing house has its best interest at heart so when they put someone to print, they have to believe it'll make them some money. This creates a system of checks and balances for the readers. It's not a flawless method of quality control, but it has kept a lot of junk out of the bookstores.
When authors self-publish, they bypass that filter. It's hard for writers to give themselves grueling, non-biased critiques. Not surprisingly, a lot of E-Books are awful.
A better question is...
How does Time of the Awakening differ from other electronic books in terms of quality?
For a start, I'd long planned on traditional publishing. In working with a group of writers (some of whom have published traditionally) I've had access to a resource few other authors can claim. I've had my book out there, reviewed and kicked around by people in the know. Time of the Awakening has come under chapter-by-chapter, line-by-line critical scrutiny.
Then there's the matter of a physical copy. I hand-crafted something that functions as a piece of art, then translated that digitally. People would be hard-pressed to find a comparable hard copy in a traditional bookstore, let alone find a comparable E-Book.