Friday, October 5, 2007

Proud to be e-pubbed

I recently entered my first book, ROLL PLAY, in the EPPIE awards, which is sponsored by EPIC, the electronic publishing internet connection. I am up against some very talented writers. Yes, there are talented writers who the NY publishers have never heard of.

When I dreamed of being a published writer of course I dreamed of seeing my book on the shelf of every bookstore I walked into, reviews in major papers, and the title rapidly rising up best seller lists. It didnt happen that way.

I read my first book from Ellora's Cave years ago and thought that my writing "voice" would fit their needs. It took several years to actually finish a book that I wanted to submit, but I was right. We were a good match and I enjoy writing shorter erotic romances. What I write and enjoy writing is not what NY is currently publishing. So what... there's a market for me with e-publishing and I am happy to be there.

I think of the indie/e markets like independent films. In indie movies, filmmakers take chances and tell stories that Hollywood wont, and some of these movies are amazing! When indie films became more popular, Hollywood took notice, hiring some of the actors and directors and even making some smaller films themselves. Some of these people have stayed in Hollywood. Some go back and forth. I'd like to be the Laura Linney of the publishing world, enjoying the best of both sides.

Indie/e pubs have such a great reaction and response time. When something works, they can go for it right away. NY responds as fast as a cruise ship making a turn. Slowly, carefully, over time. In indie/e... we're waaaaay ahead by this point and off looking for the next exciting adventure.

NY pubbed doesnt necessarily mean better. It means "found an audience". 'Cause let's face it - even Hollywood has it's share of bombs (what were they thinking making some of those Rob Schneider movies!). I am proud to be e-published and hope I always will be.

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Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

Thanks for reminding me about the Eppie Awards. I hadn't realized they'd rolled around again. I entered today and only three days before deadline! Yikes!

October 5, 2007 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Rowan West said...

Glad to be of help, Kate! I'm thrilled that you've entered. Thanks for visisting Passions Muses!

October 5, 2007 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Marianne LaCroix said...

Nice thought comparing epubs to indie movie companies.

I entered too. I thought, why not. I don't have a lot of hope of even finaling, but at least I entered to try.


October 5, 2007 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Rowan West said...

Good for you, Mari! You're work is great and definitely has a chance to final! I love that so many great writing voices can be heard thanks to indie/e

October 5, 2007 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Red Garnier said...

Goodluck at the eppies, Rowan. You can do it. And I am proud to be epubbed, too. ;)

October 10, 2007 at 9:59 PM  

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