Sunday, August 29, 2010
As time goes by - Dara Girard
That book eventually became The Writer Behind the Words: Steps to Success in the Writing Life. The first edition came out in 2005 and the second in 2007. Now in 2010 the book is available on Kindle and in other e- formats.
In a recent interview on “Canned Laughter and Coffee” one of the hosts asked me if I hoped that having an e-book version of the book will give it new life. I said yes, but now that I think about it, the book never died.
The publishing industry treats books like produce. Meaning that a book has about four months to catch an audience before it’s destroyed. Dean Wesley Smith has a great essay called “Books are no Longer Produce” that expands on this idea. The truth is although books are treated like a carton of yogurt with an expiration date, they have a longer shelf life. Like all works of art, books are timeless, waiting quietly for their stories and knowledge to be discovered.
So as I embark on this new e-book venture, I want to encourage others who have stories or ideas to share NOT TO PANIC. You do not need to worry about rushing your book to market or about missing the latest trend or a fad. Fads fade. Good ideas and stories never do. Write on!
Posted by Lee Hyat at 7:23 AM