Introduction: Interviews With E-publishing Authors

Every day more and more authors are experimenting with e-publishing their works. Either through Kindle or other sites like Smashwords; either on their own or through a publisher; either publishing their back catalog or all new and original works.

Some sites make self-publishing seem like Amway or one of those find your fortune, wealth management seminars in the conference room of the local hotel filled with pep talks, fired up motivational speeches and self congratulatory cheers. “You too can be a millionaire!” they all shout and even if you’ve never written a novel you feel as if you could. An alleged Amway slogan is “Logic isn’t contagious; excitement is.” These are my impressions only because the bottom line is that, for me, it feels like an echo chamber.

Regardless of your position on e-publishing it’s hard to ignore what’s happening. In an attempt to explore the landscape over the next few days Spinetingler will present a series of Q&A’s with authors who have dipped their toes in to the waters of e-publishing.

The participants are:

Chuck Wendig, author of Irregular Creatures (interview here)
Chris Holm, author of 8 Pounds (interview here)
Anthony Neil Smith, author of Choke on Your Lies (interview here)
Allan Guthrie, author of Bye Bye Baby
Tom Piccirilli, author of Nightjack (interview here)
Dave Zeltserman, author of Blood Crimes
Lee Goldberg (interview here)
Nigel Bird

We asked these authors a similar set of questions and the variety of their answers are interesting and hopefully add some more voices to the conversation.

Look for the first interview in a couple of hours.

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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2 comments for “Introduction: Interviews With E-publishing Authors

  1. Emma
    February 13, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I am a bit concerned that the opinions and thoughts of women authors has not been sought. Most films and books have token women so why not a group of authors? Are the experiences of female authors no longer valid?

  2. Brian Lindenmuth
    February 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    The criteria was simple — recent purchases. With the exception of Lee Goldberg I recently purchased all of the books being discussed by these authors.

    There isn’t any hay to make here.

    With that said we have an article coming up by LJ Sellers about her experiences in epublishing.

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