Writing & Publishing ---In The Box or Out Of The Box?
I have noticed that most people that I have met on hub-pages make these same statements; "I am a writer and want to publish a novel."
That being said they go on telling how long that they have been working on it. It is their dream to see that dream down on paper in a major book store. Yes, anyone can have it printed and published (if they have the resources and time to run the gauntlet of the paper publishing world of ----YESTERDAY.)
Let's just say that you have put up your hard earned money to get it there in a book store and it is on the shelf with hundreds of others---who is marketing it? Is it on the top ten lists? If so it will greet you at the front door, if not it maybe jammed in with the many other books down isle 9C.
Several times I have asked for a book that someone said that they had published and the bookstore clerk checked in the computer to see if they had it, for I could not find it on the rows 9C thru 20 and was told that they did not have it but---they could maybe order it!---Duh! ---I could have done that.
Book Store Returns:
Bookstores have a process of returning unsold stock and recently that figure topped 58 percent. This means that they are disposed of usually pulped or simple placed in landfill.
No, my friends this is not to discourage you from writing that book and following your dreams. Yet it is to keep pace with the world that we live in TODAY. That saying "think out of the box," Well first you have to "get out of the box."
it has been reported that electronic books and devices out sold all paper books in all major cities and will continue. Look at your favorite authors they now have most of their books in audio form. All text books are now on or will soon be available in this format. all classics are now available in this format.
I know that you have worked very hard on that book so here are some tips that I can pass on to you for they are working for me and I believe that it is now an electronic world and we all need to go forward.
1. Instead of wasting a lot of money and time in the paper world of publishing, I invested in a software program that I could record my own books into.
2. No! you do not have to have a professional reader to voice your words. Choose software that will change your voice for the different characters. (That is what is wrong with some of the audio books out there now, not many men or women readers can change their voice to make this transfer without sounding weird.)
3. Choose recording software that you can put into wave form and then play in MP3 format will let you market your books to most all electronic devices.
This was a simple choice for me ---making one investment rather than paying several people to do what I can learn and do for myself. I am now in the process of turning all my books and writings into audios and really having fun doing it. (Now you might say I have a good excuse for taking to myself.) I have wrote here on this subject before (Yes! my Ears Can Read?) (My New Lover.)
Yes, we are all creatures of habit and changes do not always come easy to some but as my Cajun grandfather taught me---MAN DOES NOT WALK BACKWARDS!