Last fall – when Dom & I announced the “Googling” we’d received – and put the site on a reader-supported/direct advertising basis – I mentioned that I intended to also try putting together my first “ebook.” I think that’s what they’re called, at any rate. My previous books were all conventionally published. Meaning, I wrote the manuscript and then handed it off to professionals to format and bind. They also handled illustrations and photography – neither of which I’m any good at.
Now I’m working on this eBook – chiefly, because conventional book publishing is deader than Elvis. But, how to actually do it? I mean, once the thing’s organized and written – I can do that part. Do any of you have any experience with “e” publishing?
One big question that springs to mind is: How do you keep people from simply downloading a copy for free? I mean, once it’s in electronic form – and once it’s on the Net – can’t anyone just make a copy?
Another is the graphic design/formatting aspect. This book – which will be an extended rant about the narcoleptic-Cloveritic character of the typical American driver, how he got that way – and what might be done to fix him (or at least, fix the ones who are fixable) – will probably need images. If I don’t take them myself, I assume anything I pull from online is copyrighted – and for the same reason I’d prefer not to give my book away for free, I respect the desire of people who do photography and illustration for a living to not have their work taken for free, either.
But, I haven’t got the money to pay for photography.
These “e” books seem to be entirely author-financed deals, which is fine if you have the financing. I don’t. Site revenue is slipping to the point of unsustainability and this book will have to be produced on a shoestring budget. On no budget. What I’m wondering is whether any of you have experience in photography and might be interested in some kind of revenue-sharing arrangement?
If any of you out there have any thoughts, advice – anything – it would be much appreciated.
The actual manuscript should be done in a couple months.