Greetings, future eWriters!
As many of you know, there are exciting plans in the works for Faithwriters members concerning the publication of eBooks. Andrew (my son-in-law and tech guy) and I have been spending every moment we can developing this project. We've already purchased the domain name and secured a three-year contract to host the new bookstore. All the details have not been determined, but believe me, it IS going to happen.
However, I feel the need to address a few issues. This project will require the dedication and enthusiasm of its authors to be a web-wide success. It is not intended to be a showcase for a few, but a benefit for all. For this to happen, each writer who chooses to participate needs to make sure their writing is at its highest level. No, we're not expecting you to be another Dickens, Poe, or Bronte, but we do expect you to do your best.
Too many times I've heard a writer respond to a critique with, "Well, I don't write for to be published anyway - I write for the Lord." Really? Are you honestly saying writings intended for an audience deserve greater attention than those placed into Jesus' hands? If He has laid it upon our heart to write, the least we can do is our best.
That's why Faithwriters is an invaluable resource. This is the place to refine your writing through lessons, critique, and fellowship with other writers. The Weekly Challenge is a great place to hone your skills. Posting samples of your work for critique is also a way to knock off those rough edges BEFORE publication. These are just a couple of benefits for being a Faithwriters member.
Y'see, every eBook posted in the new shop will be a reflection of the others. Self-publication (eBooks in particular) have the reputation of being inferior. Well, it's easier to get a reputation than to lose one so we have to work extra hard to please any potential long-term customers. One book sold is good for a single author, but creating a satisfied customer is good for everyone.
So if you have a manuscript you're considering publishing into an eBook, now is the time to polish it into your best work.
If you already have an eBook in the Faithwriters bookstore, I suggest you find the original .doc manuscript and start checking it over. Certain benefits will be offered to these authors to encourage them to upgrade their books into a more marketable format.
We will not be policing your work for quality or placing it before an admissions board, but the lack of the traditional editorial gateways does not mean self-publishing your ebook should be considered a shortcut. Wonderful things have been happening in the eBook World lately: Just this month Smashwords had four eBooks listed on the NYTimes bestseller list. Another Smashwords Epic Fantasy and Science Fiction author, Joseph Lallo, made $15,600 last quarter at Barnes & Noble, followed by solid international growth at the Apple iBookstore. Yes, it is possible to experience great success by publishing your eBook, but I guarantee it won't happen without some blood, sweat, and tears on your part.
So... are you ready to publish some eBooks? What say ye?
- Kenn Allan