Preliminary Decision… E-Publishing

Unless something big happens to change my mind, it’s looking like my first publishing experience will be with e-publishing, which is of course, for e-books. Right now, I’m trying to decide between Smashwords and Lulu, but I’m leaning toward Smashwords because they seem more well-known for the type of work I’m trying to do. Granted, they don’t have a free cover-art building thing, but I’ve got tech-savvy artistic brothers for that if my brilliant friends and readers don’t come through!

The fact of the matter is, getting an agent who’s not going to see ‘20,000 words’ and say, “next please” is going to be so difficult that it almost doesn’t merit wasting their time. There’s just not a market for paperback novellas these days, which is understandable in the digital age, but it happens to be the perfect length for a digital book because it’s nice and short, to the point, without being absolutely tiny.

If you’ve got any advice on e-publishing, or would like to know a bit more about Smashwords, Lulu, or the e-publishing process in general, let me know and I’d be happy to rant some more about it!

I probably will, anyway.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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