Thursday, September 29, 2011

Traditional and multi-platform publishing

The publishing world is evolving trying to re-invent its niche.
As an aspiring novelist writer, it is both exciting and terrifying to watch the progression unfold. From where I sit, I believe the next evolution of the book is going to multi-media platform.
Photo by HRJ
The multi-media platform will combine traditional publishing, self-publishing, e-formats (on the iPad, Tablets, Kindle, Nook, etc. etc.) along with social media and other elements.

In my humble opinion, we have not maximized the potential of e-formats. Why not include cool illustrations and graphics along with text? Way back in the day, Jane Austen’s books contained really amazing illustrations to go along with the story! (I’ve attached a cool link from the British Library.) Speaking of the British Library, wow! Um, the folks are really progressive in their e-book editions, you should see the copy of Alice Adventure Underground, by Lewis Carroll, available for your favorite mobile device FREE for the next two weeks!

Another idea, why not when someone buys a hardcover or actual physical copy of the book, offer a free (or low cost) e-edition download!?!?
The movie industry does this, with movies. I purchase a Blue-Ray copy of a film, I get a free download of the film to my favorite mobile device.

It is time to be forward thinking about the book formats. I love a beautifully bound book with amazing paper however I also like being able to travel with 3000 books at my fingertips.

Happy reading, writing and publishing!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Writers I Love - Paulo Coelho

Photo of Book Cover by HRJ
Paulo Coelho, is one of my all time favorite writers. His books are sensuously well-crafted and insightful. (I could go on and perhaps in future blog posts, I will.) Aside from his writing, what I love about him, is his un-conventional way of presenting his body of work to his audience.

Paulo is traditionally published but he also gives his work away.  Incredibly risky for any author (or artist), especially from a fiscal/business standpoint however, sometimes when you really believe in something, you must take risks.

As storytellers, our tales are meant to be shared with others. Stories help individuals understand their own lives. Sometimes a tale is meant to entertain or to teach. Whatever the reason, humanity feeds off the shards of mythos writers weave.

As a writer, when I release a story to the world, my intension is;  may the story find it's way to whoever needs the message in the story. In Paulo's case, through his desire to share his work, his stories are known to millions through out the world. 

My first copy of the Alchemist was downloaded from the internet. I read the entire thing in a few hours, after I was done; I went to the bookstore & purchased 4 copies - 1 for me, 3 for gifts.

To this day, I keep buying additional copies to give as gifts – I think my latest count is 24+. I have also gone on to purchase nearly everything he has ever written. 

Today, the New York Times did an interview with him; I’ve attached the link…

A copy of the Alchemist –

In this case his risk paid off. I believe other well published writers have given away their work…Neil Gaiman immediately comes to mind.

I am interested to know fellow writers and publishers thoughts on giving away work. If you are so inspired, please comment below.

Happy reading and writing! XOXO - HRJ

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blogs I like : The Teller

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to: Blogs I Like, the Friday edition. AKA, if you need some time wasters while at work, waiting for the kids etc. Or if you need, "must look busy at work fodder" well, I am here to help you out! :)

This week is Crystal (one of the founding members of Minnesota Mermaids) she is budding author and photographer - her blog is about, whatever inspires her....check it out!