This is part 2 of my conversation with Jennifer Crusie about ebooks. Tomorrow, there will be a part three on editorial considerations posted at her website, Argh Ink.
Jenny: Yesterday we talked about practical considerations, the things writers need to know to make author-originated-digital publishing work. But the thing that’s most interesting to me is the emotional reaction writers are having to this. The way readers feel, the way writers feel.
Barbara: Okay. Let’s start with that. Writers are absolutely exhilarated for the most part.
Jenny: You told me yesterday that I was envious, and I am.
Barbara: It has put a lot of the fun back in publishing for me.
Jenny: ”Back into”? When was publishing ever fun?
Barbara: I used to think it was a blast when I first started.
Jenny: I hated it from the beginning.
Barbara: It was so amazing that I got published and people could buy my books and they PAID me to do this! I loved every bit of it.
Jenny: I’m not good with authority. “Change this please.” “No.”
Barbara: The cover worksheets, the author bio, meeting an editor.
Jenny: See all of that made me itch. I didn’t want the attention. I liked the money, though. I like working under the radar. One of the reasons I like my pseudonym.
Barbara: I’m Little Polly Sunshine most of the time.
Jenny: From now on, you are Polly to me.
Barbara: I’ll take it. LOL. There must be something dark we can call you, something growly.
Jenny: Meg used to call me Eeyore. ”Yeah, I made the bestseller list, but my tail will probably fall off.” But enough about me. You seem so thrilled with everything you’re doing. Tell me about that.
Barbara: Rather than talk just about my own experiences, which I will, I would like to start with the fact that writers in general have very little control over the flow of their careers. So many things are just completely out of your control…the covers, the placements, the fact that something like a railroad accident or a bad weather January can kill your numbers. You’ve spent a year on a book, poured everything into it, polished, edited, etc, and in two weeks, the thing can be dead in the water and THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. Right? Continue reading Jenny & me talk ebooks, part 2