Social networking for romance readers
Maureen Lee - a huge best seller of Liverpool sagas -has just self-published a thriller, Dusk , on Kindle.
I love her books so bought it -at 99p it has to be the bargain of the week.
Do you think all her fans will do this? If they don't like it will they no longer buy her Orion books?
I think Kindle is excitng news for all writers -others thing it is the final nail in the coffin of print books.
How do you feel?
I think both will have readers. While younger readers seem to me to be moving toward Kindle, it's still a pretty new device. Admittedly the US market is booming with new device readers with Sony and Barnes & Noble putting out their own devices, it will be interesting to see if this drives down the value of Kindle leading to people returning to print books.
It's great to have a kindle. Yet, I still believe nothing still touches the feeling of holding a print book.
I only use mine to read when travelling -and I would always buy a print copy of books I want to keep on my bookshelves.
I released a Kindle version of my first novel Excess All Areas today and its already doing well. There will always be people who prefer paper books in their hands but I am sure Kindle has attracted a whole new breed of readers. Its cool to have a Kindle and therefore its now cool to read. I'm hoping people will give me, a relatively unestablished author, a try for £2.88 and see that there are books out there that can rub shoulders with those put out by a large publishing house.
I shall be interested to see how it does. The general opinion is that only authors with a fan base do well. I hope you prove them wrong.
It will be interesting to follow your progress. Have you considered trying a YA e-book publisher before going it alone?
I'll have YA fantasy done by the end of the summer - have a following for Regency but not anything else - so have not decided if I'll try it alone.
Have been told anything below £1 sells well to younger readers - so that's a reason to self-publish as regular books are always a lot more than that.
I did think of using an established YA publisher BUT I will be writing YA for a male/male young gay market so there are few and far between YA publishers who focus on that...
In addition I feel the need to experiment! Will be interesting to see how it goes...the first book is a 7000 words short story as a tester for the market. My first job is to see how getting a self pub book onto Amazon goes!
Watch this space...
I've only read Patrick Gale who writes wonderful m/m romance. Not a genre I would pick up unless someone recommends a book to me. Do you watch Glee? the romance between Blake and Kurt is so touching - there must be plenty of youngsters looking for books with a gentle romance like this one.
Exactly, and yes i watch the whole Klaine (Kurt/Blaine) story with avid interest...that is the sort of thing I am writing with the YA market in mind...
I have registered with Amazon now... woo... it seems kind of easy so far...!
I sell more e-books than paper also and I'm sure that price and convenience are the biggest factors.