Foreword Review — Nov / Dec 2000
“Electronic publishing is here. It’s ignored. It’s misunderstood…[but] publishers and authors alike are betting their pocketbooks that it’ll be the wave of the future,” says Wiesner in Electronic Publishing, one of the first books ever to attempt explaining this chaotic new publishing medium.
Wiesner is one of the authors betting e-publishing is the future. She’s multi-published by several electronic publishers, including Hard Shell Word Factory, DiskUs Publishing, and Avid Press. One of her novels was nominated for Romantic Times’ E-Book of the Year and two other titles were nominated for the Frankfurt e-Book Awards. Wiesner uses her considerable experience and meticulous research to explain every aspect—good and bad—of electronic publishing.
The author leaves no e-stone unturned. In discussing what authors can expect from e-publishing, she doesn’t put on her rose-colored eye gear: “the audience for this medium is still relatively small, public awareness is limited, and…[there’s] less money and fewer sales…”
She also, however, outlines the verdant possibilities of e-publishing and concurs that “every one of [the medium’s] disadvantages are temporary.”
Electronic Publishing covers current and developing e-book technology, lists almost all known non-subsidy royalty-paying e-publishers, discusses e-author support avenues such as writers’ organizations and discussion groups, and devotes one chapter to e-book promotion.
For those who are unfamiliar with e-publishing, Electronic Publishing is a valuable source. While the majority of the guide’s information might not surprise the experienced e-authors, the resource listings and the promotion ideas will be of value to everyone.