Part of my no-paper regime means that I will be reading all of my books on my Kindle. This is a good thing for me as I am an author and publish my work on a digital format. Indie-authors are receiving a bit of bad press at the moment: apparently destroying the publishing industry. You will not be surprised to know that I think this is a load of rubbish and I actually feel that we indie-authors are helping the publishing industry, it’s just that the enormous business is not getting fatter from taking huge profits for hardbacks and paying their writers peanuts, instead, the writer is getting the credit.
Yesterday I did a reading for children at St Mark’s School in Tunbridge Wells for my self-published novel Pirates Vs Fairies. It was published last year (end of 2011) on Amazon Kindle and has since been published on Smashwords and Lulu. I bought fifty books from Lulu, for a hefty sum, and have since then gone around to various schools reading two chapters from the book to years 5 and 6. I then offer copies to the children and always leave a copy in the library. The advent of e-books has made it so much easier for authors to produce their own work and I enjoy the challenge of promoting my work to an audience. What I found yesterday when talking to the children was that they are all up to speed with technology. Originally I printed paperback copies of my novel because I thought that children would not have access to a Kindle; in actual fact, they are all aware of the Kindle and other devices, such as tablets, and these devices are becoming so cheap that many children would have regular access to one. After doing the reading I saw my nephew, who is six, and discovered that for his birthday he is getting a tablet.
In this respect then it is becoming far easier for us independent writers to reach our audience. As more tablets become available, and the Kindle Fire is definitely the next step in the Kindle family, then it gives us more of a chance for people to pick up our work. I have published three books so far in this way with another due to become available in the next couple of weeks (the children were very excited by the concept of the new one). I believe in this future so much that I have gone so far as to publish a one-act play, in the hope that a producer may want to pick it up and can then get paperback copies on Lulu for a cast. Again, why can’t Kindle-like devices be the future of theatre?
It is this belief and trust in the medium which has led me to pursue a paperless 2013 and although I do miss holding a newspaper, I do not miss having lots of papers strewn across the room. I also want to support independent authors who choose to go it alone, the current book I am reading is a Saskia Brandt novel written by Ian Hocking, and it is a story I would not have picked up in a shop.
Years 5 and 6 of St Mark’s opened my eyes to the future of reading. With the popularity of tablets then books could be interfaced with websites or other interactions. I find this particularly exciting.
The trailer for my new book is out now on Youtube: