During this launch I've confirmed what I knew.
- Bloggers are wonderful. If you can stop in and see Susan Oloier and PK Hrezo today to say hello.
- People who write and read books are special.
- The business of publishing is shifting more and more rapidly.
- I have just so much tolerance for cats and their issues.
What I learned that is new to me is that this business seems to be coming full circle. At one time it was common place for authors to publish their own work, then as Joel Friedlander points out, "It wasn't until book publishing consolidated in response to industrialization and grew into a national industry that publishing your own work fell into disrepute." (Writers Digest, May/June 2012)
With the amazing advancement in technology that puts all of the publishing options into authors' hands the old model (agent, editor, publisher) is no longer the only model. Authors can offer their work as POD. They can make eBooks available in formats for any eReader, and they can still have hardcopies for those who prefer to hold a "real" book for sale on internet marketing sites.
All of this means authors have so many options that it can boggle the mind. Here are some of the main choices:
Take on the responsibility for the whole enchilada yourself.
Beat the bushes and find people who know what they're doing: web designers, illustrators, editors.
Turn your book over to a small press that will offer you packages to help you through the publishing process.
As to the cats: Here's what I did. It was so simple once a visitor to a blog I was posting on told me. I offered them YODELING LESSONS. Those cats took that offer up in a shot. There will be no more Howl Ins. I'm free at last, AND you will no longer have to hear about my plight.