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 21

| February 5, 2013

Hey all,

It’s me. Inferno Girl. And I’m waiting. Waiting in the hell pit. Spend enough time in the pit, and you’ll start getting weird in the head. If there are other writers out there, you know all about getting weird in the head. 

It’s not pleasant. Not one bit. However, apparently it is to be expected and is the way of the new publishing model I have chosen to live in.

Greg Ioannou, my publisher, told me (via Emily) that the fine-line copy editing has to be done  before promotion begins. (I’m very lucky that Greg is a stickler about language and takes great pride of any book he brings to market.)

No dog’s breakfast of typos for me. A huge phew in this day and age.

Alas what this means is that I can’t start lining up old-style promotion like interviews etc. because I don’t have a firm date for publication and I don’t have anything to show them yet.

This got me to thinking, I might not have a hard copy to sell, but thanks to years working as a broadcaster for CBC Radio, I do have a set of pipes. If Iguana agrees, I’m going to see about broadcasting readings on their site and I’ll also post them here and at thesniffer, a trends and tech podcast I do with Nora Young.

And then if you like ‘em, you’ll tell two friends, and she’ll tell two friends, and so on… and so on… and so on.

Another thing I’m mulling over is to possibly do some readings of Night Town at City Park, my co-op in downtown Toronto. I see this as serving two functions. One is that sadly there are a great many lonely people in our complex and this might get them out for an hour or so.

We have a decent sized community hall. I’m going to contact the board and see what they think. What if I do a shortish reading, 15 minutes tops, and then have tea or cookies and a bit of a chat? People wouldn’t have to read anything in advance. They just have to show up and listen and then we can all talk.

The other function the readings serve is to promote my novel. Is this too self-serving or is it a 21st century solution? Branding your work and promoting yourself is expected of writers today.

I think this might have legs, but as always, I could use your feedback.

c

PS I’ve been having a conversation about how to reduce loneliness on my FB site. Feel free to scoot over there and join in the chatter.

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