Well, here I am about halfway through my campaign for publishing my novel “Roadkill’ – flipping a negativity to positivity. I have 19 days in November to complete a $3,500 goal to publish my book the traditional way, with paper, ink, paperback cover, you know, the stuff they have at libraries and bookstores. Yes, I plan to publish online, e-book, that is fine. I want an authentic copy as well as virtual. Sure, ebook’s establish you as an author, your book is out there, people gobble up the cheap books and may or may not read them. One lady has told me she has read 85 ebooks this year on her Kindle, she can’t get enough, they are cheap, easily digestible, easily disposable. Another has downloaded hundreds of books this year, barely has read one of them.
With an authentic, paperback book, somebody has to shell out $10-$20 dollars to purchase this book, that they actually WANT to read. Sure, some may buy to appease a friend, appease me for begging them to check me out, they may never read it. BUT, a good book, you should seek it out, actually open the cover, digest the words, feel what the author is saying, enjoy your read. A good book stays on your shelf, you may re-read again, pass it to a friend or loved one on a recommendation, you are proud you got through the damn thing for crying out loud! What happens with the e-book? Do you display your Stephanie Meyer ‘Twilight’ collection on top of your Kindle? Or proudly display the actual books, with some fancy bookends, proudly on your shelf that you actually beleaguered through that vampire soap opera mess.
I want a book, that I can touch and feel, fondle and rub across my face. I can crack open its spline and digest the words. WOW, I wrote this, it’s in print, people worldwide can digest what I wrote, love it or hate it. This is in tradition of thousands of writers have done for centuries, millenniums, since Hieroglyphics on cave walls, I want my piece of that pie, dang gone it! Ebooks are more here and now, forgotten tomorrow when the next big thing comes out. You run out of juice (electric), or your subscription service payment is skipped, you’re S.O.L. That great book you last purchased is nice and dusty, still sitting on your shelf.
Crowd investing is a new thing, and albeit confusing to many. I saw it as a novice way to gain attention, and hopefully get my dream completed, with an actual book I could hold, and distribute, and share a little piece of my brain with the world. Right now, I jumped off and got a few orders and tapped out at $600, a mere fourth of the total campaign. I do appreciate the kind words of encouragement and support over the last few weeks as I watched dust balls roll across my movement. I’ve been marketing the crap out of it, Facebook (15 groups, book pages, my page, emails, etc.), Twitter, Linked In (Groups, posts), Goodreads, Myspace, here… still nadda. My text messages to friends probably come off more as spam, then hopeful gestures to encourage them to participate. Word of mouth, is what it is.
So, as I barrel to the 19th, be great a last-minute gamut of well wishers, sponsor, donate, order the book. It’s not to late to cast me out, this process has been educational and encouraging all the same. You know about my book now, you know I’m writing, my craft is waiting to shine, I just need the outlet to do it with. All fails, I probably will push out an ‘ugh’ e-book, least the Kindle readers might turn the pages and actually enjoy it. Possibly, this may open up other doors not seen now. I do have some other fish in the pan, be interesting to see what happens. I’m pumped and excited to see what November brings, maybe, it will be a very thankful Thanksgiving! I appreciate your support, and if you can, help spread the word! 🙂 >/http://www.kickstarter.com/profile/cjxzoic1970