Read an Ebook Week has begun! To celebrate, I’ve enrolled The Veiled Mirror: The Story of Prince Vlad Dracula’s Lost Love, in Smashwords’ site-wide promotion. Use coupon code RE100, and you can get the ebook for free. My two short stories, The Red Witch and Ivy League Crypt, are there for free as always. The offer lasts until March 10, 2012.
A busy schedule has prevented me from writing much lately, both on this blog and for my upcoming novel. I’ve been caught up a maelstrom since November: boyfriend moved in; editorial day job is high volume and always under a torrential downpour of deadlines; teaching assistant/writing instructor job is going very well, and we’re managing 230 students for an amazingly popular literature course about Paris in the 1920s; my elopement via domestic partnership to above-mentioned boyfriend; and just trying to keep up with all the little things that clutter the day. The Muse is miffed by my neglect, and I feel awful for not writing more. But soon…the clouds are clearing and the maelstrom will abate…
But my awareness of my life as a writer remains strong, despite these distractions and challenges. I continue to work on publicity. Guest posts are coming up, and the second novel is coming along well, even though I haven’t spent as much time on it in the past few weeks as I’d like. Skyrim, my obsessive guilty pleasure, distracts yet inspires. But I manage to keep up with it all, and made my books available on Goodreads as well. As a literary social media platform, Goodreads has become one of my favorite sites. Feel free to friend me there: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/736573.Christine_Frost
In my day job, I’ve been putting a tremendous amount of effort into exploring how ebooks may benefit the organization. It’s placed me at the center of all the debates that rage online: from Jonathan Franzen’s vitriolic dismissal of ebooks to objective marketing research which clearly demonstrates the rapid rise of ebook popularity, I’ve been crunching the numbers and writing a lot about the industry. One thing is clear: ebooks are here to stay. While new e-readers seem to be released every other month, and there is quite a bit of discussion about ePub formats, HTML5, and so on, most people recognize that even though devices and formats are in a constant state of flux, it will even out. It always has for every new technology that has become standard. But the idea that they are ephemeral is folly. They are no mere fad. And the broadening ebook market has opened ever more possibilities for readers. Works that traditional publishers would be wary to take a risk on are doing well all on their own, thanks to all the self-publishing options that are out there. Pricing is still a hotly debated issue, but one article recently spelled it all out for me. It focuses on science fiction, and demonstrates that the 25 best-selling sci-fi books on Amazon are independently published. A key factor is pricing. Most people agree that traditional publishers are pricing their ebooks ridiculously high. Often more than the print copies of the books. The high prices are unnecessary, and everyone knows it. So now indie authors can showcase their works and the playing field (i.e., the market) is leveled to some degree.
Hence my support of Read an Ebook Week. Smashwords has been great to work with, and I appreciate all the work they do. They just announced a partnership with Blio and Axis360, making their books available to an even broader market, and also makes the ebooks available in participating public libraries. It’s an exciting time to be a writer, and I’m grateful for everyone who has been a part of it: the indie publishing companies, the readers who have bought my work, and everyone who has supported me in this effort. So thank you.