I've been busy, trying to find work in the real world (as much as I hate it as an author, I need a job to pay the bills), and have come up with something. Warehouse work, not fun, but it's something.
However, I've also found a little gig for the local Community College that I live by; freelance article writing. Sure, it's free because it's a community college, but hey, that's experience. I've promised to take her class next semester for a staff name on the paper and some press passes for the school year. That'll make it worth it, by the time spring comes around, eh?
I've also been doing some research into publishing, wondering whether to go down the physical book, or the e-book route. I've found quite a few places online that I can publish from (booktango [http://www.booktango.com/Default.aspx], and a few others) that can publish on all the different e-book publishers (nook, kindle, ibook, sony). It sounds like a really good deal, especially for a new budding author. Seems like it might be simpler to do.
But I know that I really, really want a real, physical book to be published. It makes me wonder about how much physical books are actually loved and worth nowadays, opposed to how much people are leaning more toward e-books. I mean... Almost everyone that I meet has a kindle or an iPad, or a nook. Maybe my first book should be an e-book, just to get my name out there.
I know that if I do end up doing an e-book, all the work after publishing will be mine; all the advertising, all the bringing it into the light, finding people to buy it, getting word out there. It'll only sit on 'newly published' for so long.
I mean, yeah, I know that I've got to do all of that kind of stuff when I publish a physical book, but it just seems like to a lesser degree than with an e-book. There aren't many advertisements on tv about e-books, but I see plenty for top author paperback sellers.
Maybe it's just how I see it, but I see it as such.
If I'm going to publish an e-book, I'm kind of thinking that, while I'm writing this huge pirate book that I want to write, collecting together all of my short stories that I've written out over the years and compiling them all into a nice little collection or something...
That'd be cool.