I’m entering the 21st century kicking and screaming! I don’t like technology. It makes my hands sweat and my brain go wuzzy. I like things I can touch and smell and maybe fondle a little. Okay, that sounds creepy, but you get my drift. Virtual reality isn’t reality at all to me, which is why I’m kind of late with the whole e-book explosion. But I can learn…really I can. And to prove that heretofore unsubstantiated statement, I’d like to present: Beloved Beast.
It’s the first story I’ve put online myself…a little historical adventure that was published in the Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance. I retained the rights to it and haven’t done anything with it so I used it as my learning tool. And holy cow…is there a lot to learn. I formatted and edited and edited again. Then my dearling daughter made me this lovely cover…and we’re off to Smashwords at 99 cents a copy. Yikes.
I’m also planning things for my novel length projects that have reverted back to me, which means that I was searching hither and yon on the internet for various reasons. And here’s the funny thing-honest to God, I didn’t recognize some of my own titles. In fact, when I read a synopsis Amazon had put up I could have sworn it wasn’t even my plot. At which time it was no longer a mystery why I’m having difficulties with the e-book stuff; I’m obviously becoming senile. Or is this simply God’s way of saying, “WOMAN (I think he speaks in caps) THOUGH HAST WRITTEN TOO MANY DAMNED BOOKS (and sometimes he swears–who knew). I’m not sure what it means, but God help me, I can’t seem to stop. I keep sitting down in front of the computer and pounding out weird fiction: A post apocalyptic society featuring a heroine with an armored elephant, an oddly twisted Cinderella tale…I could go on for hours. But I won’t. Suffice it to say writers write. And even though the market seems to be changing with the speed of light, the core of storytelling remains the same; we sit, we think, we make up lies. Though it’s anybody’s guess how these lies might be marketed in the future.
So how about you? Are you a writing who can’t stop writing? Or a reader who can’t stop reading? And what do you feel is currently the best way to reach the fiction-hungry public?