Friday, 30 September 2011

Bad girl anti-chicklit

When I get my Kindle, which will be next week for my 21st-ish birthday, I'm going to download Sally Q's pocket novels onto it first. I missed them when they were out in print, and don't feel old enough to borrow large print books from the library just yet, so at 98p the Kindle downloads look like a bargain.

Then I'm going to download womag writer Sarah England's book Expected, now available as an ebook. She describes it as humourous bad girl anti-chicklit, which sounds like just the thing to make me chuckle embarrassingly while on the train to work...

I think this is where epublishing comes into its own. To provide a market for writing which is overlooked by mainstream publishers - such as novellas or quirky books publishers are too afraid to take a chance on. We can easily buy the marketing-backed books on the 3 for 2 tables, but books on a smaller budget need word-of-mouth and benefit from the instant accessibility you get with downloads. I wonder, would themed short story collections do well as ebooks - what do you think? Would you buy them?

13 comments:

Old Kitty said...

If I had a Kindle - I probably would!

Enjoy your Kindle! Happy 21 again birthday! :-)

take care
x

Glynis Scrivens said...

Love the sound of Sarah's bad girl anti chicklit novel
And yes, womag, I think short stories would do really well in
e format

Debbie said...

I love my Kindle. I think short stories on it are ideal, though I've not looked at any myself; been reading full length novels.

I like a bargain and there are so many FREE books (particularly the classics) to choose from.

Happy birthday and happy reading.

Carolb said...

I loved Diamonds and Pearls, so I'd enjoy more e-books of short stories.
Happy 21st again birthday. :-)

Caroline said...

I'm toying with a Kindle for Crimble (apologies for the naff rhyme!). So do let us know how it "feels". Caroline x

Caroline said...

p.s sorry - happy birthday as well!

Anonymous said...

I think Kindle will be great for the stories which publishers don't want to take a gamble on or which they perceive as having a limited market.

I intend to put together collections of short stories which are too edgy for Womag. (Providing my agent thinks it's a good idea.)

The problem, as I see it, is market. Lots of people are publishing lots of stuff on Kindle which is nowhere near ready. How does our work get lifted out of the sea of confusion?

Those authors who already have a following should do well.

But what about the relatively unknowns? I think that has to be word of mouth.

x L

Geraldine Ryan said...

That's right. I'd worry about the quality given that anybody can - and frequently does - publish rubbish. There would have to be some sort of kite mark on it!

HelenMHunt said...

I really want a Kindle now. Still can't afford one though! And yes, great idea for things unlikely to be published elsewhere provided the quality is good.

Dolores Doolittle said...

Really interesting post, Womag - thank you, and a Joyous Birthday to you!

I was filled with glee at the possibility of getting something quirky published, then realised what an appalling effect a bombardment of my efforts could have on the market...

So, I surrender - bring on the kite-mark-type checking! And good luck to those whose work merits a good read!

SarahE said...

Thanks, Womagwriter, for being kind enough to give 'Expected' - my quirky little bad girl book - a mention! I did want to let people know that you don't actually need a kindle, though! You can download a kindle app onto your pc or phone free of charge. It took about a minute to do and then a second to download the book. I'm a fully paid up techno twit and found it easy. Dead impressed. Secondly - I think an ebook of short stories would be great - BUT - speaking from the horror of doing self promotion over the last week or so - you need an established following. It is so, so hard - and very dispiriting if you are unknown - like me. Other commments about quality - well, ladies - I'm shocked at the women's fiction category - I've never seen so many porno covers. YOu can, however, download a sample for free and I guess most of us will be able to tell after the first para whether or not it's going to be any good. There is also an author profile and most of us say there what our published history is. If there isn't one then - hmmm...why not? So there are a few ways to know if something is going to be rubbish or not. Having said that I've just finished a paperback that was hyped to the hilt and it was so boring I had to force myself to finish it. Recommendation is best I guess. Womag - I will have my fingers crossed you like it!!!!

Nan Sheppard said...

I really love real books... I was a bookworm as a child and I just can't bring myself to get a kindle. But anti-chicklit sounds like good stuff!

Nan Sheppard said...

Oh, and happy 21st birthday!!!