Today let’s discuss this e-revolution and the cheap e-book.
We all know higher prices do not equal better books, just as lower prices don’t equal poorly written ones. $2.99 is a price that works for everyone. The writer gets a good share and the reader doesn’t have to empty their pockets to discover new authors. However, without the stress of agents, editors, and the query process, will we give our books less attention? Does the low-priced e-books mean our digital shelves are destined to be lined with unfinished books? Books we writers were to eagar to properly finish? Does the e-revolution and the lacking slushpile mean the manuscripts that aren’t ready for publication are going to flood our electronic market?
Before I discovered the greatness of e-publishing, the competition was thick just to get an agent or editor to read your novel. Some agents only take on a few new authors a year which forces us to work harder and be better, more creative writers than the next guy. But sometimes I fear the ease of e-publishing make us step back from our novels earlier than we should.
Readers are intelligent. They are our market, and audience. No writer, publisher, or literary agent knows what will sell, and they don’t pretend to. They’re guessing and hoping, just as we hope our novels will break into the market and find its audience. But when push comes to shove, it’ll be the readers that decide, and in the end, I think the cream will rise to the top. Now the readers get to sift the slush pile to find the books they want. But is that a good thing? Of course it is, but no good thing comes without drawbacks.
There will no doubt be some upset readers who buy a book that turns out, is horrible. But for $2.99 is that a chance we take? Will readers correlate $2.99 works best for us a writers just as it’s best for them as readers? I think so. Also, I think on the writer’s end of things, it doesn’t hurt to give the reader a few chapters for free. Let them see what kind of joyride you plan to take them on. Show them you have what it takes to steal their imagination, twist it inside out, and hand it back to them with a pretty little bow.
There is a ton of talent out there. Some of it raw, some of it developed, and some that has yet to be discovered. The e-revolution brings to the table the option for all that talent to break into the world. With the earlier market overruled by the publishing industry, now we put ourselves to the mercy of the reader, let them decide and those they find worthy will surely find their place on the countless digital shelves.
But these are my thoughts, what are your’s?