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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

Decisions, decisions.

In this jungle of self-publishing, writing is only half the battle. The next thing is to decide your format.

Traditional books are physical books—paperback or hardback.

E-books are just that—electronic books. There is a reason Amazon has made so much money with Kindle! I mean, as a bibliophile? I love being able to take my entire library with me ALL THE TIME.

What I want you to remember both have their advantages, and disadvantages. But know that you are in control. It is important to research your options, as well as what your work requires.

Some things to consider while deciding which set up is right for you and your story:

What is the genre?

Word count?

Is this a collaboration with another writer or an anthology?

Page length?

What is the publishing date?

All these things matter when making the transition from messy idea to final draft. The work has to consider not just the ease of formatting—but the ease that is translated to the reader.

Go forth and write!