Over the past week or so, I’ve being making rounds to various blogs. Over at Scott Pack’s place, I’ve been writing about my experiences of publishing Déjà Vu:
So I’m looking at this Amanda Hocking headline. Flecks of tea are moving down the screen of my laptop like the raw Matrix. The half-formed idea in my head — that I can make a book available and I don’t need to have a publisher — becomes about three-quarters formed. My audience is going to be limited to a few million Kindle customers, but that’s like saying my writing is limited by the alphabet; it’s enough, and nobody is going to tell me that only Random House can use the ‘Q’.
More of my epic wisdom can be found over at Futurismic, where Paul Graham Raven has been asking me questions about the publishing industry at large. I have no real basis for my apparent expertise in this area — which is, of course, part of the fun of interviews.
Various statistics have been bandied about showing that while growth in physical book sales is slowing, growth in ebooks is accelerating. As a person who owns a Kindle, it’s easy to see why. The buying is immediate, cheap, and frictionless; the device weighs less than my watch (so I have a heavy watch).
All good fun.
I’ve just been reading very kind words by writer Ken MacLeod on Déjà Vu:
I wasn’t the only reviewer who thought the book, and the writer, deserved a lot better. Ian’s efforts to become a properly published writer were serious, unavailing, and in the end heartbreaking. He had another life than being a writer, and reckoned it was time he got on with it.
It was a day in the Christmas holiday immediately following publication of the book that I got Ken’s email telling me how much he liked it (together with some business advice). That was the moment I breathed a sigh of relief. If Ken liked it, there was good chance it wasn’t rubbish. Grand days.
Reader, it has been a long day. I spent the early part of this morning prepping for two hours of seminars on multiple regression (if you don’t know what this is, you don’t want to; if you do know what this, you probably still don’t want to), and this afternoon was whittled away prepping for four hours of seminars starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.
In summary, I’m often grumpy on Tuesday afternoons.
And then I received this email:
I just wanted to say thank you for releasing your book as an audio book — I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!
Hope you release another one soon!
This is, of course, lovely.
Déjà Vu (the first edition) is available as an audiobook here. (Though the improved special edition is here.)