karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

Adventures in publishing — using the web!

My obsession with ebooks is merely a symptom of the fact that publishing is changing. Not only are traditional publishers now putting out digital versions of paper books, established authors are self-publishing their back list books, and aspiring authors are self-publishing their "front list." The prevalence of ereaders and tablets means that the ways you can sell a book have expanded from 1) in print in a store and b) in print, online to "whatever you can think of."

Witness the return of the serial novel. My friend Mindy Klasky writes traditional fantasy novels and contemporary fantasy novels. Her traditional fantasies are good, but one reason I prefer her contemporaries is they're funny, which is always a plus in my book (you should pardon the expression). Mindy is trying an experiment, the serially-published, reader-supported web-based novel. How is that for a concept? The book is called Fright Court, and it has lawyers, cupcakes, and vampires, oh my! Before Mindy became a full-time writer, she was a law librarian, and before she was a law librarian she was a lawyer; besides that, she bakes yummy things, so she is definitely qualifed to write this novel.

The idea behind her distribution system is she posts a chapter every week, and asks for donations. In a way it's a variation on the "name your price" business model. She also offer rewards for donations, as you will see if you click the link for Fright Court.

It's a brave new world that has such cupcakes in it!

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Tags: self-publishing, web publishing

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