E-books Have Revolutionized The Publishing Industry …by Susan Lute

I’m a list maker. No surprise there. I have lists of “chores” to do, lists for what needs to happen in my current story Steam punk girl with Typewriter.(not detailed, but over-arcing), lists for what needs to happen in the next scene, lists for the next project to be done on the house, lists of “stuff” I have to do for the day job, and so forth. Every once in awhile I combine the lists so I don’t have all these scraps of paper stacking on my desk, or hanging on the fridge. I once kept a journal for 4 years. That was fun, but took away from the writing when I decided to become a serious writer. And, I hate to say it, but I got bored. My life told in the first person is not that interesting.

I’m laughing because, those of you who know me well know I typed “board” first. I got board. In my mind’s eye I can see myself laid out on a table, stiff as a board. Well, maybe I got that kind of bored too.

My sister recently asked me, what is my favorite book of all time, the one I’ve kept forever, and given away like it was candy, because I loved it so much. I had to think about that for a minute, but she knew right away. Hers is Illusions by Richard Bach. Mine is Way Of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. These books shaped who we were to become. She’s right. These are books we’ll never forget.

Her question arose out of a conversation we were having about my decision to move from writing contemporary romance and women’s fiction to the dragon books and a new series about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. She’d just finished Dragon’s Thief and wanted to know when the next dragon book would be out. Yes, she’s my sister, but ignore that for a moment. She’s a very discriminating reader and doesn’t read my books just because I wrote them. Think of her as a typical reader in today’s world, one who loves her iPad. She’s the second one to ask when the next dragon book is coming, but what she had to say was interesting because it is exactly how I feel about the books I write. Like the books mentioned above, books we love and not forgotten, that’s what I want for my dragons.

In our lifetime the world has changed dramatically. Weather people say the southwest may be suffering from a 500 year drought. There are less male babies born every year than female. And ebooks are proliferating. Technology is exponentially exploding, so that every day new advancement comes on the market. Not that long ago print books, particularly the hard back, were the kings and queens of this industry. I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but now the ebook is the new king and queen. I’ll wager more people are reading because we are all more tech savy. And with ebooks, the reach is worldwide.

If you get a chance, go over to Brenda Hiatt’s blog and see what some indie authors are making. It would be interesting to know what they all have in common. One of their commonalities is at least a list of 10 e-published novels under their belts. And the other is they are great storytellers.

I just finished Alexandra Sokoloff’s Keeper Of The Shadows on my Kindle. Great story. Currently I’m reading Angelology by Danielle Trussoni – the trade paperback, but there is also a Kindle edition. This is a book, my sister, the discriminating reader, wants me to read because it has stayed with her. She can’t forget it. And she thinks I won’t either.

What is your favorite book? Which one would you share with a friend because you can’t forget?


About Susan

Author, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, dreamer.

Posted on June 4, 2013, in General and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. My book is Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I used to reread it every year. Must get back to that. It’s now on my desk.



  2. My book is “Some Men Are More Perfect than Others” by Merle Shain.


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