Over the past 6 months, through my work with Aerbook and Zen of Technology, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the process of publishing.  Traditionally, the consumer interacted with authors well after the book was written, in the form of buying the finished book and occasionally writing to the author.  Sure, there were author signings, but I’ve never been able to get in a few words with an author at such an event.
The web changed things a bit – for the higher-sales authors.  Through personal blogs, GoodReads, and even Amazon comments, authors were able to engage with their audience.  While a few progressive authors and small publishers attempted to embrace early-engagement publishing, few met with success.  (I would technically say that 50 Shades of Grey went through this publishing process.)
Not Everything is as it Seems
I’ll be honest, I stumbled into my conclusion with great serendipity.  Despite my technical background, I’ve always loved writing, and have written quite a few short stories, produced a comic book/webcomic series, and even proposed to my wife by writing her a book.  I haven’t written more than a blog post or technical specifications document in years, so I decided to create a story-telling experiment …read more

Via: Digital Book World