Howard Sherman is my guest today. He describes himself as an implementor. I call him an interesting man of many talents.
Anyone even remotely connected to the book world can't help but notice that eBooks are changing everything! For some time now Amazon has been reporting that their eBook sales have overtaken the sales of published books. Stories of authors making impressive amounts of money selling the Kindle versions of their books were once anecdotal
but are now becoming common place. Who's the big winner here? The reader.
That's because the reader has instant access to fresh fiction at lower prices backed by peer reviews, either encouraging ownership or warning away would-be buyers from making a mistake. It's hard to go wrong with a $2.99 eBook even if there aren't any reviews one way or the other. Thanks to the free chapter sample the reader can take all the time they like to peruse that chapter and then decide to own the book...or not.
Authors are in the winner's circle too, of course. Writers get direct access to readers, cutting out the erstwhile middlemen collectively known as "the industry" or "the man" if you're somewhat jaded by "the industry" like I am and make more money in the bargain. Yes, I one time dropped major coin on an all-out media campaign with Phenix & Phenix. Yes, I tried the traditional route to promote my library of interactive fiction eBooks. And that campaign, while successful beyond my wildest dreams in ways I never imagined, fell short of the mark I established on other fronts.
Thanks to my own blog, Twitter and Facebook, I'm no longer constrained by industry standards because there are none anymore. The write-the-book, shop for agent who then shops the manuscript who then makes the sale and then takes his cut and then get published and then market your own book more-or-less on your own model is history. Doomed to the fate of the dinosaurs.
Yes indeed, friends and neighbors. That's energizing.
I can write from my passion, give my readers what I know they want and let them vote on the matter, casting their ballot by buying my titles. As each vote is a sale I always know where I stand. Unshackled from the antiquated publishing model, authors like me and thousands of others have a new sense of promise, of hope and enthusiasm.
That's the mindset I've molded over time and it gives me the gusto to give my all without trepidation.
That's exactly how I approached implementing my latest work of interactive crime fiction; Four Badges.
What an exciting time to be a writer. Or a reader. Or even a bystander.
Visit my book blog at http://www.howardsherman.net
I invite you to browse my works of interactive fiction books at http://www.malinche.net