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Issue #8: October 15, 2002
Publisher: Mind Like Water, Inc.
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Table of Contents
1. Feature Article: Moving from Paper to CD
2. eBook Author Interview: Julie Donner Andersen, Past: Perfect! Present:
Tense! Insights from One Woman's Journey as the Wife of a Widower
3. Tip of the Month
4. eBook Author Interview: Karen Wiesner, Reluctant Hearts
Feature Article: Moving from Paper to CD
I sometimes wish we could just magically jump from paper books to ebooks, but
in the short term I know that's not going to happen. That's why I believe a
temporary compromise is in order. Compact disks (CDs) just might be the
compromise that we've been waiting for.
Compact disks offer a perfect medium for
creating and distributing ebooks. Prices have fallen dramatically and CD
burners are now a "dime a dozen." Visit your local office supply
store and you'll see affordable CDs, jewel cases and even CD labeling stickers
and software. On a price basis, it's now hard for books to compete with CDs.
For ebook authors, CDs just might be the best
way to blend electronic media with physical products. Imagine now being able to
visit your local independent bookstore with a CD in hand or even a catalogue of
CDs. Ironically, the music industry has done you a favor by artificially
keeping prices high. You can easily expect to charge in the range of $9.99 to
$15.99, or possibly more if you've created a compelling compilation of more
than one ebook. Why? Because the prices for CDs have been ingrained in our
With the holiday season approaching, wouldn't it
be nice to have a physical product to sell? Something that could be wrapped and
placed under a Christmas tree, for example.
For readers, CDs are perfect for storing files
so they don't get lost. CDs are easily transported from computer to computer.
CDs also make great presents.
I am really surprised that I don't see more
ebooks for sale by CD.
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eBook Author Interview: Julie Donner Andersen, Past: Perfect! Present:
Tense! Insights from One Woman's Journey as the Wife of a Widower
Diane: You wrote the book Past: Perfect! Present: Tense! Insights from
One Woman's Journey as the Wife of a Widower in order to offer support, advice
and encouragement to fellow WOWs (wives of widowers). What is the most
important thing that you would tell a WOW? And for those of us who aren't WOWs
but may know of one, what is the most important thing you would tell us?
Julie: The most important thing WOWs
should know is that their feelings are absolutely, 100% NORMAL...and that they
are not alone in them. I interviewed over 100 WOWs while doing research for
this book, and found too many commonalities to dismiss their fears,
insecurities, and doubts as abnormal. These feelings are shared by each and
every WOW I have encountered, myself included! We may experience them to
different degrees, but the bottom line is that we share a common experience and
many of the same issues.
But it's also equally important for WOWs to
understand that these negative emotional reactions to being a WOW will not last
forever. They are part and parcel of a phase -- sort of like a stage in the
journey of grief, as Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross formulated in her studies. Dr.
Ross's book, On Death And Dying, was the first to offer insight to the
grief journey and the 5 stages of grief: denial/isolation, anger, bargaining,
depression and, finally, acceptance. I believe that every WOW will also
experience several if not all of these stages within the context of her
relationship with a widower. A WOW will recognize the last stage -- acceptance
-- when she is comfortable with her husband's past and his memories, and is
able to incorporate the late wife into her marriage within the boundaries and
"comfort zones" that she and her husband set forth through intensive
communication and grief education.
The most important thing I could tell a non-WOW
is to withhold judgment and try to accept the WOW for the person she is. Don't
view her as a mere replacement of the late wife. She may be an exact replica,
or she may be a total opposite. Either way, she is a unique and special person
all her own, and does not deserve to be treated unfairly by a society that just
cannot seem to understand her feelings and has no patience for her negative
Try not to speak in platitudes, saying stupid
things like, "Well, at least your poor husband won't be alone
anymore!" Widowers do not remarry out of loneliness any more than a single
man does. Widowers remarry because they like commitment and the institution of
Also, please try to avoid the prying questions
like, "Do you think your husband still loves his late wife?" We WOWs
try very hard to live in the present and look forward to the future. However,
we are also aware that our men will ALWAYS love their late wives, and will
ALWAYS grieve "her" loss to some degree. We WOWs cannot love our men
enough to make them forget. Nor would we want them to, because we understand
that the road to grief recovery includes encouraging our men to talk about
their feelings, their grief, and their love for their late wives.
Diane: What considerations were critical
to you in choosing a publisher? Your book Past: Perfect! Present: Tense!
is published by Weyant Press (http://www.weyantpress.com),
which publishes books for blended families -- a good match for your book's
subject matter. What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages to being
published by a niche-oriented publishing company versus a more generalized
Julie: Actually, my story is unusual in
that my publisher chose ME!
Nicole Weyant, president of Weyant Press, Inc.,
and I met in an online message forum for second wives, where I had been
submitting articles regarding life as a WOW. I read one of Nicole's posts about
her stepparenting books, and e-mailed her about where I could purchase them.
Having read my articles, she in turn asked me if I had ever considered writing
a book about being a WOW. Her market research showed that no such literature
had ever been printed before, and she felt that the subject needed addressing.
Weyant Press is well known in the industry for publishing quality books for
blended families, so I knew I was in good hands. Six months later, Weyant Press
accepted my manuscript and the rest, as they say, is history!
Looking back, I wouldn't have it any other way!
Besides the fact that smaller presses offer larger royalties, they also give
the author very personalized attention and superb advice regarding promotions.
I am fortunate that Weyant Press has just signed on Rusty Fischer -- a
multi-published author and expert on book promotions -- as their media
relations/publicist, and he and I have been doing some exciting promotional
work together. "Niche" publishers are wonderful because they are
personally familiar with -- and have great reciprocal relationships with --
their genre's contacts. My book was sold out of pre sales before it even hit
the distributors because of this!
Diane: Past: Perfect! Present: Tense
is available in paperback as well as on disk and CD. How well do the electronic
versions of your book sell compared to the print version? What is your opinion
of the ebook industry's current state?
Julie: Actually, the ebook version of my
book is selling quicker than the paperback, simply because my book is not
available in bookstores just yet. But if I had to predict, I would say that
within a year, the sale of ebooks compared to the sale of paperbacks will be
about even. The technology exists to make ebooks a hot item, and the proof is
in the puddin', so to speak, since ebooks have jumped in overall sales
dramatically in the past few years. When the initial fear of this new
technology wears off and people become more accustomed to it -- and they find
out just how easy and convenient ebooks, hand-helds, and Palm Pilots are to use
-- then I hope to be a major shareholder in the ebook industry! It will take
off like a Lear jet!
Of course, people will always want a hardcover
or paperback to collect. But ebooks definitely have found their niche in
today's modern society. As an author, I am thrilled that it is a choice that
can be accommodated by intelligent and insightful publishing companies like
Diane: You were previously an Ohio state
lobbyist, actively involved in children's rights issues when you established a
non-profit organization in 1994 -- one which helped the U.S. Senate draft the
Child Online Protection Act (COPA). Can you tell us more about that? What is
your political life like these days?
Julie: Becoming a lobbyist was an
off-shoot to my being a freelancer. A non-profit organization once read an
article I had written about the dangers to children of Internet chat rooms, and
contacted me regarding my research. They hired me to write speeches and
newsletters for their executive committees. Often, I would tag along to the
Ohio state house and watch these committed men and women lobby senators. I was
fascinated, and felt that I could do it, too! My first speech before the Ohio
Senate resulted in a standing ovation --and I was hooked! I formed my own
non-profit and established a network of other non-profits whom I felt
represented my own organization's viewpoints.
Senator John McCain's (R-Arizona) advisories
contacted my organization for information when the senator heard about our work
and our victories in the Ohio senate, and invited us to meet with them in
Washington, D.C. There, we put our heads together and my organization helped
contribute to the formulation of COPA, which is where our work ended. COPA was
later reviewed, reworded, added to, and deleted from the original bill and
re-named COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act). To my organization, COPPA
paled in comparison to COPA. We felt COPPA was a watered down version of what
we had originally hoped for, but it is still a vital piece of legislation that
I hope will pass constitutional muster.
Politically, I am no longer a lobbyist per se,
but I still write scathing letters to the editors of major newspapers! My
organization is still very active in Ohio, but my moving from the USA to Canada
put a damper on my personal political aspirations. Life and laws here are very
different, and I am only well versed in the American political arena, not the
Diane: I understand you're working on a
new book about life as a middle-aged woman. Tell us about this book, and why
you chose to write about this subject matter.
Julie: I am collaborating with a
wonderful fiction writer named Susan Law Corpany. Our book takes a humorous
look at life as a middle aged woman, with a special view of how she deals with
"baggage" from her past, the men in her life, and the physical
ramifications of the onset of menopause.
I chose to write about this subject matter
because humor is therapeutic, and laughter is healing. If we as a gender can be
honest about our lives, our fears, and our bodies -- and find humor in the
aging process -- it will be easier to deal with the negative side of growing
older. Of course, getting older and remaining healthy is serious business, but
it doesn't have to be so serious that we stop enjoying our lives and sacrifice
the quality quotient.
I enjoy the fact that my writings give a voice
to those subjects that are risky to discuss, be they negative WOW emotions or
the fear of aging. It is only when we unlock Pandora's box that we are
enlightened and educated, and society becomes more accepting of what it
initially avoided out of "fear of the unknown." Breaking these
silences only serves to annihilate the walls of ignorance and intolerance, and
I'm all for that!
-- Julie Donner Andersen, Author
PAST: Perfect! PRESENT: Tense! Insights From One Woman's Journey As The Wife
Of A Widower
(Copyright 2002 Julie Andersen. All rights reserved.)
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Personal page: http://www.authorsden.com/juliedonnerandersen
Tip of the Month
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eBook Author Interview: Karen Wiesner, Reluctant Hearts
Diane: You have written several book series, including Angelfire,
Gypsy Road, and Dare to Love (romance); Falcon's Bend
(mystery); and Making Good Choices (children's). Your newest book, Reluctant
launches another -- The Wounded Warriors Series. What appeals to
you about writing a book series, and how do you know when it's time to end one?
Karen: The first book and the evolution
of subsequent books in the series almost always goes hand-in-hand for me. It's
very rare that I would write a book and later decide to write an entire series
around that one title. I know before I write the first book in the series, or
while I'm working on that first book, that it will be part of a series.
Therefore, ending a series is a simple matter of coming to the last book I'd
planned to write. The only exception to this has been the Angelfire Trilogy.
While I was writing the second book in the series, some of the secondary
characters became so irresistible to me, I knew I couldn't leave their stories
untold. But since I'd already begun marketing Angelfire as a trilogy, I
couldn't tack on the next three books I had planned as an extension to this
popular series. I'm planning Angelfire Trilogy II instead. (I don't plan
to begin work on that until late 2007.)
In most cases, I immediately know how many books
will be in the series. The four core characters of the Gypsy Road Series
each got their own book. Dare to Love (the first book is the only one
available now) will have three -- whenever I get around to finishing that
series. Falcon's Bend is open-ended. For the time being, seven titles
are planned. Originally, The Agency Series was to be seven books, but as
I was working on the first book recently, one of the secondary characters
became irresistible to me, so I expanded his role and included a book of his
own in the now eight-book series. I expect this series to spin out an unlimited
number of titles. I don't see an end to it at this point.
I guess the best explanation for why I love to
write a book series instead of a single title is because, with nearly every
book I write, I create a world that I want to enter over and over. I can't help
believing my readers want to enter that world with me as long as it's open with
new places to explore. When it feels like there's nothing more to explore, as
was the case in the Gypsy Road Series, it's time to close that series.
But never say never! Something may emerge even there in the future.
Diane: What is the underlying theme of
the Wounded Warriors Series, and how does Reluctant Hearts
portray that theme? I saw that there are six books scheduled for release
through 2007. When you are beginning a series, do you have a roadmap that takes
you to the series' end, or do you later find that there were surprises and
detours in the way the stories subsequently developed?
Karen: The next books in the Wounded
Warriors Series are as follows:
Waiting for an Eclipse (Book 2) --
Mirror Mirror (Book 3) -- Coming 2004
Wayward Angels (Book 4) -- Coming 2005
Until It's Gone (Book 5) -- Coming 2006
White Rainbow (Book 6) -- Coming 2007.
This series focuses on a group of friends who
basically grow up together. Although their lives take different paths, they're
all bound together by their friendship. I'm not one to shy away from painful
and/or controversial subjects, as my readers well know. The Wounded Warriors
Series will push the envelope even further than I usually push it. It
begins with Wendy and Paul's story, which deals with many harsh realities, one
of which is trust and how fragile it is. Another is endometriosis, a medical
condition faced by far too many women. Book 2 deals with divorce and
re-building a life. Book 3 talks about finding love again after losing a
spouse. Book 4 explores the realms of a manic-depressive and a multi-layered
addict. Book 5 looks in-depth at infidelity. Book 6 is about second chances,
even for those who may not seem to deserve them, and the lasting influence of
Jane Bowers of Romance Reviews Today said of the
first book in the series: "RELUCTANT HEARTS is an unusual romance --
definitely not one of the hearts-and- flowers sort. It's all about life and
relationships among friends, lovers and families. You won't like all the people
you meet, and you'll be taken into the depths by one of them... In answer to
the question of whether the book is character-driven or plot-driven, I'd have
to say it's life-driven. The author holds nothing back in depicting a
sometimes-grim reality, and I often wondered as I read whether it was truly a
romance. In the end, it is, and I strongly recommend it."
I have more than a roadmap for each book in the
series. As I'm working toward each book, the story is brewing in my mind and
I'm writing down specifics when necessary. Each title gets a full,
scene-by-scene outline, derived from the notes I've set down previously, before
I begin work on that particular story. Though the framework for each book is in
existence as soon as the characters are created, every story I write is an
adventure from glimmer to final draft. Surprises happen all along the way, but
my basic framework almost never alters. It's what makes writing a novel so
exciting for me. I never tire of the process.
Diane: Has it been your experience that
it's easier to market subsequent books in a series, once book 1 is on the
streets? Or does each title require a similar amount of marketing effort? In
terms of ebook marketing, what gives you the best results for your time and
Karen: Unfortunately, marketing never
gets any easier, even if you have something to capitalize on like a new release
in a series. Each book requires as much marketing as I'm able to provide for it
and even that isn't really enough, considering my jam-packed schedule. However,
it's easier to sell to readers who have read a previous book in a series. My
publisher has told me that if a reader buys one of my books, they'll almost
always come back not long afterward and buy all of my books.
I'm considered something of an expert in the
field of book marketing, specifically ebook marketing, and I'd have to say that
after close to four years of doing this the very best results I get for my time
and money is sending out books for review. Reviews sell books in a way that
can't be tracked. If you have a book that's followed with a huge list of
excellent reviews, it has to stop a reader long enough to wonder if it's really
that good. If this reader has heard other readers talk about the particular
book and they also give it high marks, eventually the reader will have to find
out whether or not it really is good. Reviews and word of mouth are a slow form
of results, but they're the solid results that can't be ignored.
Diane: You have done a lot of thinking
about electronic publishing. Electronic Publishing: The Definitive Guide (http://www.avidpress.com/wiesner.htm)
is your best-selling writer's reference, which you update annually; and Electronic
Publishing Q&A (coming soon at http://www.hardshell.com)
is a compilation of your column (originally published by Inkspot) that was
based on reader questions and hot topics in the electronic publishing medium.
What do you think has changed the most in the epublishing industry since you
first became involved with it?
Karen: Epublishing has been around since
the early '40's. That's a considerable amount of time when you think about how
little is known about epublishing among the general public. I would have to say
that the thing that's most changed is that the majority of the general public
now knows what ebooks are, whereas five years ago, I would have said almost no
one knew about them. I think many e-authors can credit Stephen King for making
ebooks so well-known, even though he certainly wasn't the first one to epublish
a book. Ebooks are becoming common now despite the fact that respect for them
hasn't followed alongside their emergence. It's definitely a step in the right
Readers, please note that 2003 will mark yet
another new publisher for Electronic Publishing: The Definitive Guide.
The 2003 edition will be published by Hard Shell Word Factory (http://www.hardshell.com)
in January and will be in two volumes:
Electronic Publishing: The Definitive
Guide (The most complete resource to non-subsidy epublishing.) --
updated every year.
Weave Your Web (The promotional companion to Electronic
Publishing: The Definitive Guide.) -- updated every 5 years.
Diane: I read that you're beginning work
on No Ordinary Love, the first in a new mainstream romantic suspense
series. You described it as a cross between La Femme Nikita, Mission Impossible
and James Bond. That sounds pretty irresistible to me. What can you tell us
about this book?
Julie: I'm working on No Ordinary Love
now, more than half done, and I definitely feel like this is a break-out book
for me. Not perhaps in the traditional sense (all my books break out when it
comes to convention), but in the sense that it feels to me like a book no one
could turn down or *put* down. (The three people who are reading it for me have
expressed this as well, in spades!) I've never considered writing a
spy/action-adventure series, and I'm finding out just how exciting and hard
it is to create.
At the heart, this series is pure romance, taken
to the limit of what's generally acceptable in mainstream romance. This first
book sets the stage for a covert organization that has branches all over the
globe. They're invisible, unlike the FBI, CIA or DEA. The Agency doesn't have
the world watching, monitoring and controlling their every move. Their
directive is to bring down criminals and terrorists that other organizations
can only deal with, not disable and destroy.
No Ordinary Love begins with a woman who
has no memory of her life before she met Vincent Carson. He's all she
remembers, all she knows. But he has the answers and can't or won't give them
to her. Why he can't is where this series really begins. Until Death Do Us
Part and Bounty on the Rebel's Heart (Books 2 and 3) establish that
The Agency is going through changes that have to be resolved before it can
continue its directive. Undercover Angel (Book 4) is the first book of
the reformed organization that will have an "operative on a dangerous
mission/bad time to fall in love" theme, and Hard to Handle (Book
5) will take us right inside The Agency for a close-up of how it works. Under
the Spell, Renegade's Rose and Dance in Shadows -- only three
books in what I plan to be a very long, on-going series -- will really set the
tone for the "operative on a dangerous mission/bad time to fall in
love" theme that is really what I plan for all other books in the series.
As you can tell, I'm so excited about this series, I can't talk about it
-- Karen Wiesner, named a "leading romance
writer" by The Writer Magazine, has been nominated and won many awards for
her mainstream, romantic, and paranormal fiction, writer's reference and
poetry. She also writes straight mysteries with Christine Spindler (http:www.christinespindler.com),
suspense, and children's books, and has no plans whatsoever to limit her work
to these genres. To find out more about Karen, visit her website at http://www.karenwiesner.com.
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