Part of the reason us ebook authors might not be taken as seriously as print authors may be the fact that we don’t have a physical book (unless we carry around our ebook reader loaded and ready to show) to use as exhibit A. See? Here on the back cover? Yep, that me. The author. It also can make some of us feel a little bit less like a true author. Where are the book signings? The advanced reader copies for our mothers? How do we market ourselves as well as a print author?
As part of my project, I came up with some ideas to tackle this fear of mine. The other day I drove past a coffee shop named ecafe. What if a place like this held author signings, just like any bookstore, but instead of books, postcards or chapters or bookmarks and such were signed instead?The author(s) could read an excerpt, answer questions, do all the regular signing stuff but without pressure to sell and among there electronic audience? Sounds cool to me. So, this week I’m shooting off an email to my local RWA chapter to see if I can’t put some wheels on this baby and ride. Local chapter ebook authors could hitch a ride, too.
How cool would that be?
So, there’s today’s progress. Oh, and I found a few not very helpful ebook how to videos on youtube.com. Maybe Photoshop will be easier than I think and I can just go in and toy around. I’m decent with that method. We shall see.