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Pros And Cons Of Electronic Publishing [Pulplessfiction.com]

By Stan Grimes
May 5, 2005

Do your attempts at getting a book published seem futile? For many writers it seems to be a pointless exercise. My first novel, “Talbert’s Plunge” is still under my desk drawing dust. It was electronically published about four years ago and sold one copy. The publisher went out of business. A hardcopy publisher then accepted it; I signed a contract. The publisher went out of business six months later, never to be heard from again. The book never found its way onto a piece of paper. I believe the book to be publishable, but it gives me the jitters.

What to do? I have struggled with how I was going to publish my most recent novel, “Squirrel Mountain Trilogy.” There has been much discussion in the past about Publish America. I heard so many negative commentaries on the controversial publisher that I was a little skittish, but submitted it anyway. I chickened out and withdrew the submission. I thought about POD, print on demand, but cost is a big drawback. You must have the initial investment, I don’t. I had the choice also of continuing the funeral procession of rejection notices coming back to me by submitting to publishing houses…NOT. My final choice was electronic publishing.

Remember, I had been burned once by the electronic publishing business. I thought though that I would give it one more shot. I read almost every resource book ever published, searching for a reputable publisher. I decided on submitting to a relatively new publisher, Pulpless Fiction owned by Terry Rickard, also an author (a good one I might add). I chose to submit to Pulpless Fiction for a couple of reasons: First, Pulpless Fiction is upfront with their contract, nothing hidden. Second, Terry Rickard “is” an author and understands the struggles and obstacles that stand in the way of would-be authors. I believe Pulpless Fiction to be an honest and upfront publisher.

Now, what about electronic publishing? What are the pros and cons? I consider the following to be pros: 1. The publisher owns only the electronic or digital rights to your book, which means you can keep trying to peddle your book to hardcopy publishers if you see the need. 2. Time. From submission to actual publishing, it took about two months, not the one-year plus offered by many hardcopy publishers. 3. Cost. You can by a PDF formatted ebook for about a third of what a hardcopy would cost. I have bought a couple already because I’m not throwing half my paycheck away if the book is lousy. So far, the books I’ve bought have been worth the five or six bucks I’ve spent on each one.

What are some of the cons? 1. You won’t have a pretty book to cuddle up with on your recliner or to hold space on your bookshelf. 2. You won’t see your book on the supermarket aisle (anyhow, the chances of that are about as likely as yours truly being elected President). 3. You’re not likely to get rich, but you’re not likely to get rich anyway.

I believe in exposure (now clean up your mind). Ebooks can give you exposure on the Worldwide Web. The more people see your name in print the better your chances are of someone saying, “Hey I’ve read that guy’s book, not bad.” I recommend trying Pulpless Fiction, http://pulplessfiction.com.

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About the author: My book "Squirrel Mountain Trilogy" is now on sale at http://Pulplessfiction.com

Email Stan Grimes: stan.grimes@verizon.net


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