Michaeline: Lois McMaster Bujold Answers Three Questions about Self-Publishing

the author Lois McMaster Bujold signing at a glass table

Lois McMaster Bujold (Image courtesy of Lois McMaster Bujold)

Today, we welcome to the blog Lois McMaster Bujold, whose new e-novella, “Penric and the Shaman” came out yesterday, June 24, 2016. (Her GoodReads blog announcement is here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/13524143-penric-and-the-shaman-e-launches-today.) She’s a science fiction and fantasy legend who has won multiple Nebula, Locus and Hugo awards and written some of the best books in the universe. Thank you for agreeing to answer three questions about self-publishing for our blog. I sure hope I chose the right three questions!

MD: You have a long history of publishing. You were writing and assembling a fanzine with friends back in the 60s, you wrote short stories that were published in established magazines like Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, then your novels were published by the well-known SF publisher, Baen Books, and two of your fantasy series were published by HarperCollins’ Eos Books (now rebranded as HarperVoyager)—(HarperCollins is one of the Big Five publishing houses). So, in some respects, you are returning to your roots with self-publishing the novellas, “Penric’s Demon” (July 6, 2015) and now “Penric and the Shaman”. Why? Continue reading

Elizabeth: eBooks vs. physical books – What’s Your Preference?

In her post today on FacebDSC_0018ook, Barbara Samuel O’Neal raised the paper vs. eBook reader preference question. The responses were fairly split, as they were in the E-Book Pricing Poll on Argh Ink last week where commenters weighed in on what they were willing to pay for eBooks and whether they did their reading electronically or via physical books.

The topic is nothing new.  Google “paperbacks or eBooks” and you’ll get pages of blog posts and articles with a range of responses. Some readers prefer electronic books because they are highly portable and easy to load with new books, while others prefer the feel of a physical book that doesn’t rely on having a charged battery to use.   Some books are only available in one format or another, which drives choices as well. For writers, eBooks provide publishing options beyond what is available via the traditional printed book channels. Continue reading