Archive for March 12th, 2010
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|Choose Your Own E-book Adventure
Posted: 11 Mar 2010 10:54 AM PST
We all remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books as kids where you suddenly time travel to the Civil War and you have to decide whether to get on the raft across the river or run away and you have to flip to page 97 to find out if you survived?
Well, should you be intrepid enough to, uh, click on a few links, you’re about to Choose Your Own E-book Adventure. Ready the time machine!
I know, I know, some of you are saying, another e-book post. Here’s the thing: some of the most common questions I receive these days are along the lines of, “What’s going to happen to authors/agents/publishers in the e-book era? Are publishers going to survive? What does it mean for authors?”
And while I try to give a reasonable answer, in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “Well, that depends on lots and lots of factors that are impossible to know at this point.” It’s really hard to look into the future when X, Y, and Z could throw the whole future into a wildly different outcome. The future might look basically like what we have now, with the major publishers distributing most of the books electronically through e-book stores, or it could look wildly different than that, with the e-book vendors or device makers or some combination being the main game in town.
So. I thought I’d turn some of those variables into a couple different guesses about what different versions of our publishing future might look like. Ready to play? Here we go:
It’s 2010. Right now e-books comprise only 3-5% of sales, but some people think e-books represent the future of the book business and will eventually comprise the majority of sales.
Do you think this will happen?
WHY I CAN’T QUIT WRITING
By Peg Finley
I’m an addict. I’m addicted to writing. I am incapable of quitting. It means too much to me.
Now before you decide to stop reading because you just read the words I am an addict, hear me out.
Writing is addictive without any of the negative effects of many addictions. A writing addiction doesn’t cause weight gain like a food addiction does. It doesn’t cause a writer to lose their family or drain a writer of all their money like a gambling addiction does. A writing addiction doesn’t take and mess with the brain cells like a drug addiction does. It doesn’t make a writer do anything illegal.
It actually has some benefits. The health experts say as one gets older, the brain cells are not as active. They say “either use it or lose it”. For me writing makes me use all of whatever brain cells I have left just to write clearly. It focuses me on learning new words, and new techniques as well as new technologies to further my career. I am determined to use all that I have to accomplish my goals.
Writing makes me use my imagination. Now I find that I am more creative than I have ever been. Ideas come at me even in the semi-sleep stages begging me to get up and record them before I forget them. It doesn’t matter that I’ve worked all day or that I scrubbed every surface in the kitchen and bedroom… sleep has to wait until the characters in my brain come to life on paper.
Writing gives me a natural high. It lifts my spirits and keeps me from concentrating on the negatives I encounter in life. From my attempts to create a rebus story to my learning how to write nonfiction articles, I like the challenge of putting my thoughts down. I like knowing that others like reading what I write. It makes me feel great to know that I have helped another writer on their writing journey via the tips I write. I love the feeling that comes from acceptances.
I find that being disciplined enough to foster my writing addiction has forced me to become a better role model for the two special needs boys I am helping to raise. Every day I tell them that they can do and become anything they want to be. I remind them that applying themselves to their school work and studying lays the foundation for their futures. They see me sitting at the computer daily. They are developing a good work ethnic as a result of my writing addiction.
I can’t quit writing for another reason. It’s always been a dream of mine to write and illustrate my own picture book. As I build a great “writer’s resume” I come closer and closer to the fulfillment of that dream. I’m too egoistical to stop short of my dream. My addiction to writing tells me that there is actually a good possibility that I can write my own picture book and get it published. The illustration part can be achieved far in the future if I continue on the course I am pursuing.
My writing addiction drives me to find like-minded souls who share my dreams. The health experts say that those who lead active social lives live longer. If that is true, I’m in for a long life. Since the writing community is so supportive of its members, I feel my addiction helps me be a more positive person.
I repeat. I am an addict. I am addicted to writing. I am incapable of quitting. Writing is my lifeline.