Potentially Big News…

My last blog was written by our guest blogger about her small but hugely worthwhile charity – Kate promises me part two in the near future. Why feature a charity on the pages of an eBook publisher’s site? Aren’t blogs supposed to be relevant to the website subject matter so should be of interest to authors and readers?

 Well, yes and no.

But what a marvellous opportunity it is to have a global marketing platform like this and what a wasted opportunity that would be if it wasn’t used to remind the people of the richer nations that however poor we may feel, there are people in far worse situations than us. So if you haven’t read Kate’s blog yet, you’ll find it below this one.

And the donate button on the right is not connected to Raven Crest Books at all – it’s a direct pass through to the Kasiisi Project. So please – click on it!

Today’s blog though is indie publishing based and again was written by a guest blogger – James Fryar. You can see the original blog here. I love this blog, not only because he mentions Raven Crest Books but because he encapsulates perfectly our underlying concept.

Enjoy…

I’ve been trying many different ways to bring attention to my Young Adult Novel.  So far, for someone that has zero publishing experience and zero connections in the industry, I’ve had a very good response.  The first day I published my book, without announcing anything to anyone, I sold 2 books.

Sounds miniscule, but keep in mind, that I’m a nobody, without any publicity, etc, etc, etc.  That means that a random person came across my book on the first day, liked what he/she saw or read and paid to have it downloaded.  I was pretty excited by that.

I’ve had some wonderful reviews, great interviews, and more of both to come soon.

It’s been slow-going, as I’ve stated before.  I’m a nobody author with one book.  It’s a steep hill to climb in order to build any sort of audience, so I need to be patient as my audience discovers my little story about Patrick Patterson or I discover them.

Through my searches, tweets, requests for interviews or reviews, I came across a small, British publisher called Ravencrest Books.

Here is a link to their site: http://ravencrestbooks.com/

Essentially, they handle everything once the book is finished.  It’s a haven for self-published, unrepresented authors.  It’s a cooperative approach to this e-book revolution.  One author’s blog leads back to Ravencrest, which leads to the other authors, and back again.

Through discussions with Dave Lyons, the owner and operator of Ravencrest, we decided on a one-year, UK only contract, so I could test the waters on his company.  As I haven’t made a single sale overseas, it seemed to me that I had nothing to lose and could only go up from where I am.

Only time will tell, but I’m very excited about our agreement!

E-books are undoubtedly the future and a small publisher like Ravencrest could be a fantastic way of “policing” the choppy waters of self-publishing.

The biggest complaint readers have with “indies” is that there are too many awful books being uploaded, and they’re right to some extent.  When the floodgates are opened to a community, as Amazon has done with writers, there will certainly be more bad than good.

Many serious, even previously traditionally published, authors have been self-publishing books that are as good, if not better, than anything you can find through traditional publishers, but so many more authors have been uploading absolute dreck.  Anyone and everyone that has ever written anything, from a poem to a short story to a novel, can now “publish” their work.  And now, readers are bombarded with loads of new material, both amazing and awful, and they’re relying on the traditional publishers to tell them what to buy.  Too many of these self-published books are filled with terrible writing, typos, and misspellings, so rather than take a chance on a new, undiscovered author that could be wonderful (such as myself), they rely on the “vetting” process of the Big Publishers, as flawed as it may be, to find the next book they’ll read.

Enter a small company like Ravencrest.  By having a qualitative standard, a reader who has bought one book under the Ravencrest banner can rest assured that their other books will meet certain guidelines–who knows if they will actually like the book, but they can at least feel assured that it will be professionally edited and of a professional quality.  That’s essentially what Traditional Publishers do and promise, but they take a much bigger chunk out of an author’s paycheck.

Who knows where e-books will lead us, but this seems like a logical first step.

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