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Electronic Publishing: The Definitive Guide, 2003 Ed. [Paperback]

Karen S. Wiesner , Marilynn Byerly , T. A. Stone
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February 2003 0759937621 978-0759937628
*Fully updated, revised and jam-packed with even more information! Features: ¨165 royalty-paying e-publishers included ¨Non-subsidy vs. subsidy essay ¨E-what?, including brief history of books timeline ¨New! History of e-publishing ¨Why sell your book to an e-publisher, advantages and disadvantages ¨Exhaustive technology and exploration of the medium ¨Libraries and e-books ¨22 common myths of e-publishing (and the facts) ¨How to choose a quality publisher ¨At-a-glance e-publisher matrix (96 e-publishers included) ¨E-publishing groups ¨Updated statistics on the medium ¨Updated annually

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Calling an e-publishing guide "definitive" is brazen; even Wiesner admits that "in six months, this guide will almost surely be hopelessly outdated because the industry is changing so rapidly." She has, however, produced an effusive yet solid introduction to the field. Wiesner, author of three romances published online, reveals how to evade the difficult terrain of New York agents, editors and publishers in favor of the Web (though she admits the audience and proceeds aren't what they could be--yet). The heart of the book consists of submission guidelines, sample contracts (advances are rare but royalties can be much higher than for paper) and Web links for 62 e-book publishers (including extensive interviews with 28 of them). There's also an overview of available reading devices and formats, plus interviews with 13 genre novelists who publish on the Web. Although not as resourceful in her marketing suggestions as M.J. Rose and Angela Adair-Hoy in their similar guide, The Secrets of Our Success (Forecasts, Jan. 31), Wiesner offers a thorough introduction to building and promoting an e-book Web site. Genre writers shut out by diminishing mass market lists will find this is a must-own resource. www.avidpress.com. PetalsofLife.com has announced that it will no longer publish new titles.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Genre writers shut out by diminishing mass market lists will find this is a must-own resource." -- Publishers Weekly

"Karen Wiesner has done the publishing world an immense favor..." -- - Dan Seidman, Editor, SPANworks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Legwork is done for you here March 18 2003
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"...Wiesner provides an honest portrait of the state of e-publishing as we know it (so far), giving us the skinny on standard formats, copyright protection, and distribution... After opening arguments about the pros and cons of electronic publishing, the book turns into the e-publishing equivalent of Literary Market Place with 125 pages dedicated to listings of e-publishers, including web site addresses, contact information, submission guidelines, payment terms and distribution methods. The section on book promotion contains low-cost promotional ideas worthy of perusal by both electronic and traditional authors, such as Internet interviews, live chats, exchanging banner ads, issuing on-line press releases, organizing contests and special events, e-serials, promotional bookmarks; and other ideas so unique the chapter could potentially be worth its weight in gold... If you're thinking seriously about learning more about e-publishing, most of the legwork is done for you here."
--The Writer Magazine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark reference March 18 2003
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"If you want to be published by an e-publisher, or are wondering if maybe the "e-" route is the way to go, this book is for you. In this updated version of her landmark reference text, Ms. Wiesner outlines everything an author needs to know about the e-publishing industry in her first section, starting with the differences between vanity, subsidy, and traditional publishers, then discussing the technology used for ebooks, advantages and disadvantages to e-publishing, and common misconceptions about e-publishing along with the facts to set people straight. The major bulk of the book, however, is an alphabetical listing of all non-subsidy, royalty-paying e-publishers, along with interviews from the editors and publishers about what types of books they want to buy. There is also a section at the end of the book about how to use the Internet to promote your book after you've sold it. If you read the book on a computer with an active web browser, it contains hotlinks to all of the publishers, organizations, and resources listed in the text. Using the power of HTML links in this way is a good thing."
--Science Fiction Romance Newsletter
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"ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING The Definitive Guide is an excellent reference, as I say in my entry on it in the Services section of my ongoing Internet Publishing survey, and I do recommend it to anyone interested in publishing a book; the general advice is good, there is a listing of publishers that includes many I haven't yet caught up with, and there's a huge section on marketing that is amazing in its imagination. If you're serious about Internet publishing, check this book. This is the 2002 Edition. Last year I said that this was an excellent book, and the same is true for the updated edition. She writes intelligibly and to the point, and her points make sense. So if you want to understand what electronic publishing is all about, start here. It has an excellent opening discussion, and a long list of publishers nicely organized so that you can quickly verify royalty rates and other key aspects. There are interviews with a number of their CEOs that are business rather than puff pieces; how many submissions do they get a month, how many do they accept-that sort of thing, of keen interest to writers. There's a list of e-publishing organizations, and it might be smart to join one of these before you have trouble with a publisher. And there's a huge section on promotion ideas, because Internet publication requires activity by the author if a book is to sell well. This book is a must-read for any writer who is serious about trying the Internet publishing market, for the general discussion as much as the listings. You want to be informed, and this is the best information."
--Piers Anthony
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"Let's face it, the e-publishing world is a bit like the Wild West at the moment: pretty lawless, with plenty of cowboys willing to take your money. It's difficult to know which electronic publishers are good, and which one is right for you. That's why a book like this is not merely interesting for the would-be e-author; it's essential. The word "definitive" is always a risky one for an author to use, but at nearly 600 pages, if any book can make such a claim this one can. Now, there are several books about electronic publishing available at the moment and, to be honest, the market is starting to settle down. So what does this book have to offer that sets it apart from the rest? There are 3 main characteristics that make the book compelling. First, the author isn't some Smart Alec who has just found a useful bandwagon to jump on... The second plus point is the writing style. There are books which are so objective in tone that they make a good substitute for insomnia tablets, and those which have such forced jocularity that you feel like hurling them through the window. Wiesner manages to steer a middle course, coming across as an ordinary person who happens to know what she's talking about. The third attribute of the book is its thoroughness... This book contains sound advice, interesting facts and represents great value for the money."
--Web Resources
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inscriptions Book of the Year! March 18 2003
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"Hailed as a "...must-own resource" by Publisher's Weekly, Karen Wiesner's guide to electronic
publishing is not only definitive, it's the only guide you should look to concerning the e-publishing industry. Wiesner provides in-depth exploration of the industry as well as interviews and hot links so readers can embark on further study. In her revised version of the book, Wiesner outlines the four major divisions of publishers, as well as a frank discussion of subsidy vs. non-subsidy publishers. For those new to the whole world of publishing, and for those who are somewhat familiar, but who need more specifics about the divisions, Wiesner lists what authors can expect for free or a fee from each of these options and provides an assessment of how the author may or may not benefit from each. In the first chapter, Wiesner tackles the current state of the publishing industry with sobering frankness. For those of us who have been writing for a while, we have heard the titterings of the shrinking mid-list for authors and the absence of publicity pushing for authors who are less than big-name literary cash cows. In stark terms that pull no punches, she successfully argues why the time for e-publishing has come. Next, Wiesner introduces readers to the beginnings of e-publishing and then launches into a convincing list of advantages vs. disadvantages of e-publishing. Her points are intelligently made and she demonstrates how e-publishing has been birthed from an atmosphere of writer and reader distrust and blossomed into one where nearly every legitimate writer's conference offers workshops on e-publishing because the medium is building up an incredible amount of momentum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Print Publishing to Electronic Publishing
This is an excellent resource properly subtitled as "The Definitive Guide." As a print publisher of sixteen years, I wanted to learn about electronic publishing and... Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Bettie Corbin Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Single most important resource for e-publishing
"Karen Wiesner's ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING is undoubtedly the single most important resource for anyone-author, editor, publisher-with an interest in the future of publishing. Read more
Published on March 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the sources of info and advice on e-publishing
"Wiesner's book, first published in 1999, remains one of the best sources of information and advice on getting your book published by a royalty-paying e-publisher. Read more
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"Next time you should put a warning on your books: "Don't read before bed because they might just keep you awake all night READING!""
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"I recently received my copy of The Definitive Guide and am VERY impressed. All the research we should do for ourselves and for our books has already been done for us. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful work
"ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING The Definitive Guide...is a masterful work detailing every aspect of electronic publishing."
--Ginny McBlain, past president of EPIC and author
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"This book is a must-have for anyone with any curiosity about or interest in the up-and-coming field of electronic publishing."
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