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BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 5: Traditional Books Vs. Ebooks

I know the debate between traditional/physical books and e-books is always evolving.

I also know that the passion to write is independent of books and their formatting. Allow this post to be your reminder to what it is you want to do! Formatting, page counts, they will always be there. That is the trouble of the work. It is just what we have to deal with. The quicker you get used to that, the easier your time writing will be and become.

What I will tell you as a cardinal rule is this:

If you want something quick, make an e-book.

If you want to say a lot more, do a BOTH (a physical book and a e-book).

The Break-Down:

Giving your readers options allows you as the writer to broaden your fan base, expose them to other stories you are working on, as well as builds the confidence you need (or will need) to continue writing the work you want. As a writer you must learn to cultivate as well as build. You do this when you master all tools at your disposal.

A good craftsman doesn’t ignore his tools–or how to reuse what has been overlooked.

The I In You Series-IDENTIFY

*Points to genre; WHAT STORY DO YOU WANT TO WRITE?

Ah, the magic (and menace) of genre! 

 

As a BIPOC writer, you will run into this quandary (more than once) of a potential reading audience, beta readers and almost fans who will tell you some permutation of this sentence (speaking as a Black woman who writes, this is what I have been told more than once):


“Black people don’t write _________.”

 

It never gets easier to hear, or less aggravating to explain. The writer and MARVEL comic icon, Christopher Priest, explains such stupidity this way: “A real writer can write anything.” This is the quote that I use to diffuse any apprehension that I have to writing anything, or being relying on any other opinion other than my own to determine (or influence) what genre I want to write or what I want to write for it!

The story, the idea, the process is all mine. I didn’t need approval to start, and I will not require it to finish. Just like I fire the little White man on my shoulder who thinks his critique and approval for my work is salaried position—I dismiss those unsupportive people who tell me but for my race, I can write anything that I want. Just not that genre.

 

I write what I want. And so must you. Keep going!

See you next week!

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BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 5: Traditional Books Vs. Ebooks

Readers are as fickle as they are astute. Don’t miss that! Do NOT ignore this!

Readers like what they like and they rarely deviate from that. There are books that I like in e-format and there are books that need (not want!) to have in physical form. One of the things that is great about having a book in dual format is you will appeal to a greater audience!

APPEAL IS A PART OF MARKETING!

I cannot tell you how valuable it is to consider the appeal of your book so you know just how to market it! As great as it is so have finished a book, it is even better when you can sell a lot of them! Did I mention that e-books are good for the environment? They are!

Besides, the readers are going to be your best judge.

The I In You Series-IMAGE

What Do You Want To Show?

​The hardest thing in this process pathway from getting what is in your head to and in the world outside of it, is converting thought into image. Since the onus of what is in your head, hiding in your imagination, is up to you. 

IT IS UP TO YOU.

​As a minority writer, you control the narrative, the story that you want to tell. No one else. Do not allow the world around you to adjust your lens. Let no one distract for what it is you want to show! What you have to tell, what is on the inside of you, can only be told by you. As James Baldwin said:  “Fire the imaginary White man that sits on your shoulder!”

​Don’t fall into troupes—they are only formulas! In the hand of any good scientist or alchemist, a formula is a tool. It is meant to be used, reconstructed and re-evaluated to suit the needs to those who have the wherewithal to change what they see in front of them. 

​Do not be discouraged by those who can’t see what you are creating. Do not be dismayed by those who cannot support what you are creating! They are not your concern! What you must be concerned with is what you want to show the world! What is on the inside of your head? What part of that do you want to share with the world? Is there more you to come? If so, keep going. 

See you next week!