If I had a pound for every time I had been asked why I
published my books in an ‘E’ Format as opposed to conventional paper format,
then I would be a rich man and would probably have plenty of cash to pay for my
own book to be published in paperback.

According to the Writers Bible (Writers & Artists
yearbook 2013), it is clear that there has been a considerable shift in
technology. Kindle sales have increased over 200% in the last two years.
Associated statistics are indicating that e-publishing is the way to go and the
right way to sell books. This is all well and good and would make me sound as
if I predicted all this. It’s not true.

According to the above mentioned Bible, there are some clear
guidelines to follow and strict protocols when doing so. It states clearly that
one should seek literary representation by the way of an Agent before
approaching publishers. If an agent rejects, then the author approaches another
agent. It is normal to be rejected again and again and again. Some authors end
up with one hundred and fifty rejections and still no representation.

After a reasonable number of rejections from the agent, it
is time to approach the publishers. This works in the same way. I went through
both processes and received a number of rejections from a number of publishers
too. Approximately one third didn’t even reply.

The documentation that is sent to agents and publishers must
be formatted and compiled in an immaculate state before the author even
receives their fifteen seconds of fame. Likewise if the author doesn’t submit
exactly what is required by the agent or publisher then they may never even
make it to the ‘slush pile’, only the bin. That fifteen seconds is when the
agent or publisher picks it from the ‘slush pile’ and then decides in the blink
of an eye if it is fit to proceed to the next stage. The answer is often ‘No’

Having studied this subject for two years and read a number
of internet posts and forums I have come to a conclusion:

What has occurred recently is that a number of publishers as
a result of increased tablet and e-reader device sales, are beginning to feel a
little unsettled about the future of paper books and publishing. This therefore
is not a good time for the new author. After all, why should a reputable and
profit making publishing house take on a new author called Sean Connolly who
has no former literary credentials, when they can pull out one of their popular
best sellers who would be a dead cert to make them a lot of money. It would be like
betting on an unknown horse against the favourite.

This leaves the new poor author with what may be a good
story but no audience to share it with. A few years ago these stories may have
ended up in the back of a draw or left in the archives on a computer, but today
e-book publishing has changed all that. Books can now be uploaded in an e-book format to sites such as
Amazon for all the world to download and read. As long as the book is presented
in a professional manner and boasting a good cover then they should sell. There
must be a good story that readers are keen to read at the beginning of this
process and a brand and website would generally have to be created to market
the book.

In an ideal world, the books would sell as the readers enjoy
them and spread the word, and if the sales grow then hopefully the publishers
and literary agents would see them too. And hopefully then you might be able to
buy the solid real book in a bookshop with pages you can bend the corners of
and drop in the bath or spill suntan oil on – things that Kindles &
eReaders are not very good at!

So they are my reasons therefore for publishing my books
in an e-book format.