Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Earthling Hero Blog Tour

Today I'm featuring the release of Earthling Hero, by Anita Laydon Miller. My friend Jonathon Arntson introduced me to her, so you should check out both their blogs.

Anita has decided to e-publish her novel, even after having an agent, and getting very close to selling her story to traditional publishers. I thought this was an incredibly interesting scenario, so I asked her to share with us what made her come to this decision.

Please, take it away, Anita:

I had it all—a great agent (Sara Megibow) at a great agency (Nelson Literary). Sara declared my book “very close” to being publishable, and editors were actually reading the thing. So why did I give it all up to e-publish? Lots of reasons, but here are a few:

1. I’ve read a scary number of real-life stories about authors who cleared the agent, publisher and editing hurdles only to have the publishing house close a few months before the book was to be published. That stinks. Contracts are tied up, tears are flowing, books are in limbo. I didn’t even want to THINK about that happening to me. It’s like worrying about a miscarriage the entire nine months of pregnancy. Where’s the joy in that?

While the industry figures out where it’s going to land, I want to put my book in the hands of readers. The fastest way for me to do that is through e-publishing.

2. I think e-publishing is where it’s at. I don’t know what sales are of Kindles, Nooks and the like (I imagine they’re in the gazillions), but I’ve got two e-readers at my house, and not long ago I swore I’d NEVER! read from one. About the same time I was saying that, my husband wasn’t reading ANYTHING other than a newspaper. Now I’d rather buy an e-book than a paper book. And my husband reads an e-book per week, just because he doesn’t have to drive anywhere to buy it.

But here’s the thing: my husband and I are adults (usually) and so are most of the people who own e-readers. The huge risk for me is e-publishing a MIDDLE GRADE novel. Do kids want e-books?

Well, I keep having to pry my e-reader out of the hands of my four children, and I consider those fingers as sticky little signs that, yes, kids do want e-books. And what a kid really wants, they usually get. NOTE TO MATT: Please do not let my children read this.

NOTED. Anita's kids: step away from the browser.

3. E-publishing gives me complete control of my book…creative and financial. For some people that’s daunting, but for me, it’s fun. If I succeed or fail [insert Frank Sinatra’s voice here, because I can’t sing] I DID IT MY WAAAY!

For me, success means having a lot of people read my book now. I’m not going to get rich on a $.99 children’s e-book. But my heart will be richer knowing that kids (and adults, too) read my friggin’ book. I didn’t have to put it in a figurative shoebox and shove it in a figurative drawer just because editors think aliens are currently not in style or some other silliness.

Success will largely depend on 1. Getting people to read the book. 2. People liking the book. 3. People spreading the news that they like the book. Did I mention EARTHLING HERO is only $.99 and is available through Smashwords and Amazon?

Anita Laydon Miller began daydreaming before she could write her name. Now she turns her daydreams into stories and writes them (and her name) just fine. Anita lives in Colorado with her husband and four children. She enjoys making homemade tortillas and running from bears.

I think Anita makes some incredibly valid points. Personally I don't much care about getting rich, but I do care A LOT about reaching readers. This is something to consider. Oh, and homemade tortillas sound delectable.

If you are interested in finding out more about Anita, or Earthling Hero, please visit these links:

Anita's Blog.
Earthling Hero at Smashwords.
Earthling Hero at Amazon.com.
Earthling Hero at Barnes & Noble.
Anita's Website.
Anita's Middle Grade Blog.

She will also be continuing on her blog tour for the next week and a half. Please visit all these stops along the way:

Friday 4/8 Elana Johnson
Monday 4/11 Darby Karchut
Wednesday 4/13 Kelly Polark
Friday 4/15 Heather Kelly
Monday 4/18 Carol Miller
Wednesday 4/20 Natalie Aguirre

91 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

It's going to be interesting watching how ebooks with middle graders take off. I'm sure it will. Best of luck!

Sarah said...

Wow--that is quite a story and offers a ton of food for thought! Best of luck, Anita!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing about your decision. I'm sure it must have been a hard one to make. Good luck.

Will Burke said...

I hadn't considered that publishers could fold & hold the contracts. That had not been mentioned anywhere that I follow, so I'm glad you mentioned it!

Kristine Asselin said...

I don't own an e-reader, but as someone who hopes to be submitting to traditional publishers soon, I'll be keeping a close eye on this! Good luck Anita!

Anita said...

LAURA: One thing MG writers should note is that the HARRY POTTER books have not been available as e-books. There are good rumors (Hah! "good" rumors) that they will be available as e-books soon. That points to the fact that people in the know KNOW that MG readers will be getting their sticky little hands on e-readers soon.

Anita said...

SARAH: All MG writers should have a close eye on the independent e-publishing world. If you're in the process of looking for an agent, you should be conducting e-publishing research NOW. You'll want to know all about e-publishing before you sign on the dotted line...you'll also want to know how savvy your agent is about obtaining a good contract with your publisher.

Anita said...

NATALIE: I'm happy with my decision thus far...we'll see where I am in a year. I promise to post honest feedback to writers.

Anita said...

WILL: It depends on how the contract was worded...it's a huge pain in the rear when it happens. I'm sure a Google search will land you on a page about it, if you're interested in learning more.

Anita said...

KRISTINE AND EVERYONE: If you have $150.00, you should have an e-reader. I'm not normally like that...I don't have cable, my van is 11-years-old, my husband (a pilot) drives a car with manual windows...but if you're a writer, you have to know how this technology works, what people get from it, how to sell your books through it, etc...You need to get familiar with it now. Just my opinion.

Katie Mills said...

Those sound like really good reasons to go with epublishing and you've put a lot of thought into this decision. I wish you all the best and will be following your progress closely!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

While I'm not a big fan of self publishing, this is one situation where it does work. Anita was so close to be published through the traditional route that it shows her book is really good. For the majority, though, I still don't agree with it. There's a reason why the books never made it out of the slushpile, and why the books should never be published.

But then again, I recently read two adult romance novels that should have never been published in the state they were in, and I'm not talking about typos. The errors were unexcuseable, especially since they were published by major publishers. Did no one copy edit them or edit them period? Seriously, how can a guy be wearing jeans in one paragraph and leather pants two paragraphs later (same scene)? And how can anyone one hear an argument that occurs five stories up (on a construction site) and still hear it while sitting in a jeep with the doors closed?

Old Kitty said...

All the best with your book, Anita! Good luck!!! Take care
x

Wen Baragrey said...

It's an interesting subject, to be sure, and I think writers do themselves a disservice if they don't educate themselves.

Good luck, Anita! I hope your book does brilliantly :) I'm sure it will!

(Hi Matthew, nice to meet you over on my blog, too!)

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Good luck with everything, Anita. I hope it all works out, and that soon a small horde of grimy-fingered children will be smearing touchscreens everywhere.

Carrie said...

Thank you for this interview. It was good to read about the authors decision to e-publish. My WIP is middle grade so it is good to know that middle grade readers want to read on e-readers.

Justine Dell said...

Ah-ha! It's funny that you posted this because I am going through the exact same thing. Um ... sans the agent and publisher. LoL.

But I have begun to feel the same way she does. I just want people to read my books! It was never about making money. It's about reaching readers. Kudos to you! I wish you the best of luck!!

~JD

Anita said...

KATIE: Thanks! I promise to keep everyone who's interested updated on my blog. I'm not looking at sales figures right now...I've asked my husband to keep secret the passwords necessary to look at them...but I will give a sales report on my blog in a few months.

Anita said...

STINA: Really horrible books (those published traditionally) have always been a great motivator through my writing journey. I'm like, "Really? If that can get published, surely mine can."

For a long time I thought self-published authors must be sucky writers. Because why wouldn't they go the traditional route, right? Well, there's still a lot of sucky self-published stuff out there, but there's a lot of excellent self-published work out there, too. And I think you'll see more and more successful, previously-published authors who, as soon as their contracts are over, move on to self-publishing.

I think you all owe it to yourselves to buy either my book or some other self-publsihed author's book, so you can educate yourselves about just how good a self-published book can be. Buy one in your genre...there are plenty available for $.99. And if you don't have an e-reader, you can download them to your PC or Mac via Smashwords.

Ella said...

Nice to meet you Matt; this was very informative and well done Anita!
I love how passionate you both are~
Thank you!

Anita said...

OLD KITTY: I love your photo...our kitty ran away yesterday. Everyone was crying here, but he came back just before dark...just before the foxes, coyotes and owls come out!

Kelly said...

Brave move on Anita's part. She's one smart cookie, and I trust her decision and know her book will do well! I've bought it already!

Anita said...

WEN: Listen, this route is not for everyone. But I think it's a perfect fit for me. My biggest concern when I first started thinking about it was that middle grade e-books wouldn't be as popular as adult e-books...that might end up the case when all is said and done, buuuut even if only half of a gazillion e-readers are sold to be enjoyed by middle grade readers as opposed to a full gazillion to be enjoyed by adult readers, I've still got a decent market. :)

Lost.in.Idaho said...

I do not own a kindle.

I do not have a nook.

But I can tell you this, my friend.

I loves me my e-books.

Anita said...

CARRIE: I hope that parents will use their own e-readers to read aloud to their kids. My family reads together most nights and I can totally see how we'll be using my iPad and/or my husband's Nook for our family read-alouds. My family has experienced incredible adventures together, but our read-aloud sessions give me my most precious memories...seeing the kids react to stories, having them beg us to keep reading...that's what it's all about. EARTHLING HERO is a great family read-aloud, but I can list pages of other books we've enjoyed. If anyone wants suggestions, please email me.

Anita said...

BRYAN: Here's something interesting. The public library system in Colorado Springs (where I live) just bought 50 Nooks and loaded them with books. These will be available for check-out within the next two weeks or so. And my daughter's high school just bought 10 Nooks to loan out. E-books are happening, and if anyone is considering e-publishing on their own, now's a great time to start researching.

Anita said...

JUSTINE: There are some people out there who really do want to make loads of cash, though. And here's what they need to do: WRITE AN AWESOME BOOK! It doesn't matter then if you e-publish the book yourself or have Scholastic put it on shelves, if it's AWESOME and you market it, kids will buy it and you'll make cash.

Anita said...

ELLA: Hey! I forgot to mention: I'm a book reviewer for the COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE. My book column runs on Sundays and hits about 100,000 readers. I read a lot of books. I think I know books. Just thought people might want to know that. Also, I'm working on my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University.

Jessica said...

Anita's from my neck of the woods, and I'm really rooting for her! LOVE the cover :)

Jessica said...

Me again~ was that cover shot taken in Garden of the Gods by any chance?

Anita said...

KELLY: Thanks for buying the book! I practiced my song last night for your blog tour stop. I reeeeaaaaly can't sing, but my kids are getting a kick out of it.

Anita said...

LOST: Do you read on a phone, a computer, an iPad touch? Curious.

Jared Larson said...

Thanks Matt and Anita. Extremely interesting. Though I prefer the traditional publishing route, I'm very intrigued to see where e-publishing goes. There is a sense of excitement to it. And being an MG writer, I'm keeping an eye on it.

Anita said...

JESSICA: Woo-hoo! EARTHLING HERO is set in Colorado Springs and Black Forest. The characters are chased (while riding scooters) through the Chapel Hills Mall, they break into NORAD at Cheyenne Moutain, and they search for an evil alien's lair at, YOU GUESSED IT, Gardens of the Gods. My husband and I hiked up there a couple weeks ago to take the photo. I took it at night and it was so beautiful there we stayed much later than we should've. We hiked down in the dark while getting rained and snowed on. But it was fun. It really was!

Anita said...

JARED: Yes, do keep your eyes on things. This is an exciting time to write middle grade fiction. If you want a ton of information about e-publishing, I suggest taking a peek at JA Konrath's blog.

Steve Abernathy said...

Good luck, and raise your price.

Anita said...

STEVE: Hah! I may do just that...something like: This is a one-time only, introductory rate!!! Buy your copies now or you could miss out!!! Purchase in the next 24 hours and I'll throw in a cyber hug for no extra charge!!! :)

Anita said...

AND WHILE THERE'S A BREAK IN COMMENTS: Thank you, Matthew, for hosting me here! You've got a wonderful place. Thanks also to Jonathon--he organized my entire blog tour. He's got me singing and dancing (seriously) at other stops.

Matthew MacNish said...

You're most welcome Anita, thanks so much for sharing your story and experiences with us!

Ishta Mercurio said...

Thanks for sharing your process, Anita. Please keep us posted; you've given us a lot of food for thought.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I heart this in a major way. Also: I just bought your book, Anita! I downloaded it to my Nook (note to Matt - please put the B&N link up there!) and will be handing it to my kids when they get home. Aliens and clones FTW! :)

p.s. you've inspired me to reconsider shelving my middle grade SF novel - lots of agent and editors interested but apparently "SF is a hard sell." If it was YA, there's lots of precedent, but I had the same hesitation about MIDDLE GRADE.

Thanks!! And best of luck with the book!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

e-publishing by myself just freaks me out. It's all that business stuff that i'm not good at. Which is why i want an agent

Anita said...

MATTHEW: :)

ISHTA: I promise to post the truth about the entire experience! Re food for thought: I was just answering a comment about the cover photo and realized I only took that photo about two weeks ago. And now the book is for sale and selling. Speed is one of the many benefits of e-publishing one's own book.

SUSAN: I think editors are great people. The provide a wonderful service and they're genrally very nice people. But they're not all-knowing. If you had a middle grade sci-fi that wouldn't sell to editors, that doesn't mean that same sci-fi won't sell to kids. Now, you've still gotta put out a good product...fun, characters, solid plot, great setting, excellent pacing, unique premise, etc.

SARAH: It's good to know yourself. When you choose an agent, choose a savvy one...one that's good at contract negotiations and is forward-thinking. I was very impressed with the Nelson Agency in that regard. But keep in mind, you'll still have to do "business stuff." You'll still need to market yourself and put yourself out there. Very few authors have a mktg team that is exclusively devoted to them...and most of those authors are paying for that team themselves. David Baldacci has an excellent mktg team. I suggest taking a peek at his website.

Robin_Lucas said...

Such insight.

I've witnessed both sides of the publishing coin. My husband self published and I'm working like crazy helping him market, market, market!!! (ugh)

I've chosen the traditional route because I want some validation in my ex-business woman, at-home-mom existence. Is that wrong?

Robin_Lucas said...

By the way: Congrats Anita! I will definitely download your book.

Anita said...

SUSAN: I forgot to thank you for buying the book: THANK YOU! And, yes, the book just became available at the Barnes & Noble Nook store. Yay!

Anita said...

ROBIN: I totally hear you on the validation. Each of us has a unique idea of what validates us. Sure, I loved having an agent say I'm awesome. And having an editor say she wants to read everything I write. That feels good. Buuut what will really, really validate what I do is a bunch of kiddos asking, "When's the next EARTHLING HERO book coming out?!!!" That's what I'm working for. Maybe I could get that by going the traditional route, but I like the process of doing it myself (with an enormous amount of help and support from family and friends).

Stephen Tremp said...

I agree with your Frank Sinatra analogy. BEsides, with the tools available to market and promote it is becoming so much easier to do this yourself. I love the self publishing environment!

Pk Hrezo said...

Best of luck, Anita! This is inspiring. I'm a writer for the same reason--to get my work to readers. I love the fact we can do that on our own and have full creative reign. I'm really anxious to know how MG works out tho, since I'm working on one right now myself. :)

Arlee Bird said...

That sounds like a daring step to take, but your arguments make it all sound logical and very valid. Things are changing for sure and we all have to learn to adapt.
Great info!



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Anita said...

STEPHEN: You're right...lots of tools now to let readers know exactly the kind of book you're selling. So if a kid goes to a search engine and types in "cheap e-book for kids science fiction middle grade" (or something similar), that kid will probably find EARTHLING HERO.

Anita said...

PK: As the mother of a couple middle grade readers, I think Christmas 2011 will be a great indicator of whether these kiddos will get their own e-readers. My bet is yes. Parents are starting to let their middle graders try out their devices. I personally know a handful of middle grade kids who have their own e-readers now. Time will tell.

Matthew MacNish said...

My nine year old saved up her allowance until she could buy her own iPod touch, so it is happening.

Anita said...

ARLEE: Yes, even authors who go the traditional route will need to adapt and embrace the current technology. Again, I think all writers who have the cash should buy an e-reader. You have to experience what your future readers will experience. My son is five. He goes to our computer on his own and Googles the weather to find out today's temperature. He goes to my iPad and checks the calendar to see what day his friend's birthday party is on and where the party will be held. My ten-year-old does school presentations using PowerPoint and my eleven-year-old edits her own videos.

Anita said...

MATTHEW: Awesome! And, of course, she can read on an iPod Touch. :)

BTN Hip Hop said...

haha "inset frank sinatras voice" lol

Solvang Sherrie said...

I've wondered about the middle grade market for e-books. My son prefers paper, but one of the kids in his class (6th grade) uses the hand-me-down Kindle he got when his mom upgraded. He loves showing off by downloading books at school faster than someone can even go to the school library :) My third grade girl likes reading my Kindle, I think because it makes her feel more grown up. I think as people get more used to it, more kids will read electronically.

Good luck with this adventure, Anita. I'm going to download it now!

Kerri Cuev said...

Kids LOVE technology and I think as prices go down, e-readers will take off within that age group :)

I will admit to reading anything for 99 cents. Can't wait to read your book Anita with my Kindle app!

Self-publishing is looking like the way to go :) Congrats to you!

Thanks for a GREAT interview Matt!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brave woman! I wish her much success.

Eric W. Trant said...

There is no correlation between the size of the publisher and the quality of the book.

Get an editor, is all I can say, even a buddy-writer who EDITS that SP book of yours. Pay them in beer and favors, if you must, but get an EDITOR!


- Eric

Carolyn Abiad said...

Thanks for the insight, Anita! Dedicated e-readers aren't that expensive in the scheme of things. We've been buying electronics for the kids for a long time and I'd prefer my kid with a kindle vs the very latest nintendo gadget. I think the concept of e-books has to take off with the resistant parents. Kids are ready. (btw, school textbooks are already being replaced by Dell netbooks.)

Matthew MacNish said...

Plus, with all the .99 and 2.99 books, they pay for themselves pretty quickly.

Anita said...

BTN: Hah! I'm wondering if you reached this page because of the Frank Sinatra comment? Hmm...

SHERRIE: I think you bring up a couple of great points here. 1. How the kid at school got the hand-me-down. We have that happen with everything at our house from pants to curling irons to phones...it will happen with e-readers, too, and the kid recipients will want their own books on them. 2. Your daughter sees you with your Kindle and wants to read on one, too. I think that's good for our littlest readers...you never know what's going to inspire a kid to really get into reading.

Anita said...

KERRI: Thanks for buying the book...I'm like you: price something under a buck and I'm yours. :)

ALEX: I have to tell you a story. I didn't know to swim until this January. But I just thought it was because I didn't want to take the time to learn. Then I got talked into swim lessons and discovered that I was afraid of the water. It took my instructor about an hour to get me past the five-foot mark. We were both in tears (and he's a dude) while I was trying to overcome my fear. There was a lifeguard watching this whole thing...we call him the Lifeguard Philosopher at our house...and afterward, when I finally started swimming, he told me I'd be able to do all sorts of new things (scuba diving, roller coasters, etc.) because I'd gotten past that five-foot mark. I thought about that comment when I made the decision to self-publish. My family's actually talked about whether I would have self-published, if I'd never learned to swim (I swim every day now). So I don't know if I'm brave, but I am braver.

Anita said...

ERIC: Yes, edit!!! I had a lot of eyes look over my work. I'm sure there's still an error or two lurking in there (we actually fixed a couple since the initial e-release), but it's in good shape now. I've heard women can also be paid in chocolate.

CAROLYN: You're right! There are kids at my kid's school how take notes on iPads.

MATTHEW: Exactly! If you can buy good books for a small fraction of the cost of paper books, you will get your money back. Plus, most e-readers have other fun functions, too.

Melissa Kline said...

Oh, Anita, you are so very courageous and inspiring! I admire you for following your heart. I wish you the best of luck and can't wait to check out, Earthling Hero.

Matt, thanks so much for another awesome post! :)

~Melissa
Reflections on Writing

Matthew MacNish said...

Anita did all the work! But you're very welcome Melissa, thanks for visiting.

Christina Lee said...

Wow so fascinating- I am reading these scenarios more & more (and happen to have one such e-book on my Kindle right now)--thx for sharing your story!

Hollister Ann Grant said...

I totally LOVE the cover, too! What a cool photo -- really makes me want to buy the book. I'm happy to read about your success.

I have a small project I'm about to put on the Apple store for iPad and Amazon for Kindle, kind of to test the waters.

Good luck!

Anita said...

MELISSA: Thank you! I'll have to printg some of the nice things people are saying about me and show them to my kids. :)

MATTHEW: You provided this beautiful venue and these followers and your time. Thanks, again!

CHRISTINA: I hope the e-book on your Kindle does the self-publishing world proud!

HOLLISTER: It makes me happy, you liking the cover. And good luck with your project!

Clarissa Draper said...

Right now I think there are so much more risks to traditional publishing than to self-publishing. I can see why many are doing it. And I'm the same, I now prefer to read on my Kindle than add another paper book to my already huge collection.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Excellent comments!!!!

Thanks Matt for hosting. I added a link to your blog...but I went the entire at work fidgeting and cursing myself for forgetting to add it.

Wow, I am still reeling from the great conversations.

Go Anita!

Anita said...

CLARISSA: Everybody in my family loves my iPad. I wish it could reproduce itself.

JONATHON: All day I didn't think I could do this without you! The kids will all be piling into the house soon and I'll have to step away from the computer a few hours. I'll check in again during Idol commercials. Thanks, Jonathon!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Anita, I love the past-the-5-foot-mark story! That Lifeguard Philosopher makes a lot of sense.

On a separate note, the editing piece is big. You had already got past a lot of the gate keepers (subjectivity aside) before you decided to self publish. There are enough of us out here that haven't and wonder if we are ready yet.

I should ask you, Anita. :)

ali said...

I have a friend who self-pub'd (not digitally, tho) and she did so for much the same reason ~ for control. And I don't mean in the control-freak kind of way, but for totally valid, meaningful reasons.

My son (10) occasionally reads books on my iPad (if I'm not using it at the time), so I totally think e-readers CAN be just as much a thing for kids as for adults.

Good luck Anita! I, for one, have already shelled out a whole whopping .99 for your book! Huzzah!

Anita said...

TINA: Most of my book also went through my Seton Hill critique partners and those people are hard core. Everyone needs someone to critique there work honestly and harshly. I wish I could do it for everyone. I also suggest that people read their work aloud...lots of errors are found that way...and avoid adverbs (I have a ton in my current ms, though, so that could be a style/voice thing) and avoid passive voice (rarely, people rock at this, though). Just get a good edit from someone who has never slept with you (so not your parent, spouse or dog, though I have a feeling my cat would be brutally honest). Edit, revise, edit, revise, edit. Reduce your "that"s and "just"s in half and avoid similes like the flu.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Interesting choice, Anita. I agree that e-books are vastly popular.

Authors have to build a readership whether they debut in paper or e format. It all takes time.

The disadvantage is if you do it all alone. If you're with a good e-publisher their publicity department can offer a lot of help, ditto with their editors and copy editors.

Wishing you the very best!

Anita said...

ALI: I missed your post earlier! Thanks for buying the book...let me know what your little guy thinks! Huzzah!

Emily White said...

What a great post, Matt!

I wish you the best of luck, Anita. Now I'm off to check out your book!

Anita said...

SIA: Yep. I'm certain people who use a publisher get a lot of help. A friend of mine, Chris Rylander, just got his book, THE FOURTH STALL, published. I've been in touch with his PR person a few times because I'm also a book columnist. The PR person is very nice. I'm doing an interview with Chris on my middle grade blog tomorrow, if you'd like to stop by.

Anita said...

EMILY: Thanks for taking a peek. I think middle grade writers should buy a couple middle grade, self-published e-books to see what's out there and what the quality is like. I seriously don't even mean my book. There's one I keep seeing called, I think, THE GOBLIN BOOK. I may have already bought it (I know I intended to), but haven't had a chance to read it, because I'm reading a lot of books for my MFA. Anyway, thanks again for looking at EARTHLING HERO!

February Grace said...

Great post Matt and Anita- following over at Anita's blog now.

Anita's reasons for going the direct route definitely speak to me- as did this that you said, Matt:

"I think Anita makes some incredibly valid points. Personally I don't much care about getting rich, but I do care A LOT about reaching readers. This is something to consider. Oh, and homemade tortillas sound delectable."

That's it for me right there, in a tortilla shell :~)

GREAT post. Best of luck with your book, Anita, I'll have to check it out!

~bru

Anita said...

FEBRUARY GRACE: Is that your real name? It's beautiful. And thank you for your kind words. I wish success to you and all the other writers out there, no matter what success looks like to you as individuals.

Lydia K said...

Anita, thanks for sharing your story with us (and thanks Matt for introducing us). I hope you have tons of success with your book, it sounds great!

Ocean Girl said...

Congratulations and all the best Anita. And thank you Mathew for hosting our beautiful, multi-talented Anita. You have a wonderful blog.

Anita said...

LYDIA: Thank you for your good wishes!

OCEAN GIRL: You make me feel happy! Thanks for stopping in to see me!

Heather Kelly said...

Anita--First off, SO GLAD your cat came back. We have been going through that trauma almost daily with the spring-like weather with one of our kittens. We've lost a kitty to some big beast, and I don't want you (or us) to go through that!

I'm buying my copy(ies) today. You caught me right on the verge of just buying a nook, and so I'm figuring out what would be the best way to do it. At 99cents I have no problem with buying the book twice if I can't figure out how to upload a copy to my son's iTouch. So, there you go--smart to price it so reasonably. My son could use his money to buy a stupid game app, OR A WHOLE BOOK.

I loved Tina's comment about the gatekeepers. I have to say I'm a fan of the gatekeepers, and have seen some e-books that could have used another round of revisions. I'm confident that yours will be comparable or better to books that have been in the hands of agents and editors. I'm SO EXCITED TO READ IT!

Way to go ANITA!!

Anita said...

HEATHER: Thank you! Let me know what your son thinks. And if you (or anyone else) has any trouble getting the book, please email my I.T. department at joeldotcdotmilleratattdotnet

If a person is reading this blog, he/she CAN read my ebook...there are that many formats available.

Heather Kelly said...

Anita--I had no trouble getting the book. So easy. Even for me. :)

Guinevere said...

Very interesting! Thanks for such a great interview... I'm also very curious to see how e-books versus traditional print publishing shake out in the end.

Anita said...

HEATHER: That's what I like to hear!

GUINEVERE: It's an exciting time to be involved in publishing, that's for sure!