If you’re a friend of mine, you’ll know. If you follow me on Facebook, you might know. But here’s the official news. I, Cathi Bond, potential idiot or brave pioneer, have decided (after a hideously long soul ripping period of time) to publish my first novel Night Town with a digital publishing house. Yeppers, you got it, an E-Book.
Why did I do this?
First off, digital publishing is no longer considered vanity press. Stop snorting with laughter and saying, “she couldn’t get a real house to publish her book so she’s gone electronic.” Those in the know (can somebody say Kindle, Kobo or Amazon?) insist digital publishing is to books what iTunes and mp3s are to music. They’re the future and I believe them.
Second reason? I’ve worked in new media since 1998 when the tornado of change swept away my life as a print journalist. I survived by jumping online to do an arts blog for compuserve, a bitch column for Sympatico (and got fired for being too bitchy) and have pretty much staggered along, shaking my money can at whoever might pay, learning how to earn a living in cyberspace. My pal Nora Young and I are podcast pioneers and heck, I even get the chance to talk about this new world on CBC’s Spark. So, as they say in Hollywood, it all feels so organic. I think digital is where I fit.
Finally…I’m not completely sure that books as we know and love them, will still be around in 2-3 years. That’s how long it usually takes to get a new book to market. Well I’ve spent five years of my life writing Night Town and I’m not prepared to let it languish in the slush pile of eternity.
So stay tuned to my adventures on the E-Book frontier. I’m going to write a brief dispatch every week until I publish in Spring 2013 taking you through the experience. How does it work? What are the players like? How does it differ than the traditional model and most importantly – will my decision culminate in a success or a stunning car accident of a failure?
Next week meet the publisher as we take a walk through my new digital publishing house.