I read "dr joe's printing blog" becasue he's a fellow alum.
This iteration had an interesting lead to —
Author starts publishing her own books and e-books… will publishers be needed in the future?
Which tickled my secret desire to become the next James Paterson, also a fellow alum, very rich fellow alum, the fact that he had other successes and made time to exploit his talent, highlights that I haven't has such success, motivation, or talent, all those things aside, my jealousy led me to read the story.
"The technology today is amazing. There is a growing market for e-books and they are very inexpensive and simple to produce if you know how," Lau says. "Meanwhile, the advent of print-on-demand publishing means you can produce 'New York publisher' quality print books in quantities as few as one at a time, which means low start-up cost."
However, Lau says that there are pros and cons on either side of the decision to publish via the Internet.
"The technology is all there to make it possible and affordable, but it isn't the answer for everyone. You need a certain skill set beyond writing ability, and you need to know the required software."
However, Lau says her experience, although daunting, was still fun. For those authors that aren't ready to undertake this kind of task, she has a bit of advice.
"I advise authors to let go of their traditional ideas of sending a manuscript to Random House and becoming the next Stephen King or Nora Roberts," Lau says. "Check out the opportunities available via the Internet and consider your options."
She says the course she has taken won't take her automatically to the New York Times Bestseller List, but she has gotten plenty of readers and recognition, which has given her the opportunity to appear at the Romantic Times' nation convention next month.
"That beats having a book sit for a couple years in some editor's slush pile only to be rejected. It's truly amazing what you can achieve nowadays with the technology available if you're determined, creative and willing to put in the effort."
So, perhaps writing a book, is like writing a blog? There are blog 2 book publishers. Ugly and expensive. But maybe everything will be possible real soon now.