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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 23

| March 3, 2013

Howdy! I’m feeling like a cowgirl today who is rounding up the cattle after a long drive back to the ranch.

I've picked my cover. Yep, it’s fabulous, and nope ... I'm not showing you.

“Why?” you ask. “Anticipation and buildup,” I reply.

You have to wait until the book launch which is going to be sometime in May. I would tell you the exact date if I could, but the publisher won’t tell me.

Why is that anyway? To what end and to whom is that beneficial? It doesn’t help me organize interviews which you would think would ultimately help everyone, because it translates into a better chance for book sales. But I still don’t have what they call “The Pub Date.”

The next detail to round up was getting the blurbs done. You know those one or two sentences that grace the back cover of most publications. These testimonials are important because (if you’re lucky) they’re generally written by people who have good name recognition. The idea being, if so and so liked this book, you’re bound to as well.

The writing pixies graced me the day I asked, because Judy Rebick (activist) and Adrienne Mitchell (producer and director) agreed. YAY!

Then I wrote my bio, considered lying about my age on the Author Questionnaire (that’s a government document where the Library gathers all of their author information) and said no to an author photo because I thought it would muck up the cover design.

Do you think that was a mistake? Not the lying part, but the picture part. I told the truth about my age because I was afraid of The Allseeing Governmental Eye. But now I’m wondering about the picture. Do you think I made a mistake?

So most of the fussy deets are done. Next, this coming Thursday, a get-together with Greg and Emily to discuss the final full court publicity press.

Till later…..cb

 

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