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Adventures in the eBook Game

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Love to read? Curious about the future of the printed word in a world of new technology? If so, then take a trip with novelist and CBC/rabble.ca broadcaster/podcaster Cathi Bond as she gambles big time with her first novel Night Town and signs with an electronic publishing house. What will happen? How does this new industry work? Where does it differ from traditional publishing? Will the risk pay off, or will Bond fall flat on her face with years of hard work all for naught? Check in for regular reports all the way up until Night Town launches with Iguana Books in Spring 2013 Cathi will share her up close and utterly frank, often funny, frequently astounding, sometimes frustrating and occasionally baffling adventures in life on the frontier of the electronic publishing game.

Adventures on the eBook Frontier - Dispatch 13

| November 16, 2012
Adventures on the eBook Frontier - Dispatch 13

Hey all,

Big news here. I’m Cathi Bond and rabble.ca is going to host my blog entitled Adventures on the eBook frontier. If you’re interested in closely following a writer’s journey as she navigates the new world of publishing digitally, I hope this blog will offer you some informative, pertinent and occasionally funny observations from this brave new world. It’s a world I believe we will all be living in very soon. Will it look like the landscape I paint for you? I don’t know….But one thing I do believe with every atom in my body, is that stories are as human as time, and we will always find away to tell them. Come along and see.

Getting this chance is quite the opportunity.  (Thanks so much rabble.)  It allows my weekly missives to get out to a much larger audience and on one big hand, that’s terrific. On the other hand, my much smaller and darker psychological hand (which likes to twitch and flap and snatch for cigarettes) occasionally gets me into trouble.

This is the hand that’s nervous about doing this, showing the world what it’s truly like to publish digitally. Warts and all.

And that’s what you’re going to get here. The truth. Not the glad hand. The dismissive hand. I’m beating down the old hand and trying something new.

 

As a novelist and an established  trends and tech columnist I feel I’ve got a responsibility because I’ve been reading and reporting a heck of a lot about these changes in an abstract fashion and now I want to give back and contribute a document of value that truly outlines the changes reading is undergoing in the 21th century.  From a writer’s POV.

To my mind too many people use their blogs as kind of gross glossy infomericals (no real content) for what they’re truly selling. Which in my case, would ultimately be my book.

 If you decide to read Adventures on the eBook Frontier you will read real time, truthful experiences about the smack downs, the love-fests, technical advances or possible retreats, aid from unexpected fairy godparents, or perhaps the bitter reality of an industry still in a terrific state of flux.

Who knows? But you’ll find out in Spring 2013 when Iguana Books launches my novelNightTown. And yeah….it would be kinda cool if you picked one up.

Second bit of news which is terrific. Thanks to the ever lovely and talented Emily Niedoba’s brilliant google marketing sheet (which has proven to me that clouding is actually good) I’ve been getting some positive feedback from Canadian writing schools about posting my blog on their sites. (If you’re curious about how this works, just read back to some of my previous missives. All the material is in there.)

It’s too early to tell how big the numbers will actually be, but I’m super happy that the University of Victoria and Humber College are already on board, and the feedback from the writing community is coming in and been extremely supportive.

Not sure about the blogging community, because Emily is handling that.

Oh……Andrea the editor called me yesterday…….I have to change the ending…..More on that next time. But I handled the news relatively well.

Till then

C

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