Has anyone published an e-book before?

@phyrre (2324)
United States
February 18, 2010 12:26pm CST
I just recently heard about writers being able to publish e-books via resources like Amazon kindle and such and earn 35% revenue off of every copy of the book sold (aka downloaded). I realize, obviously, that this isn't really a great way to earn money or anything, but I was curious about it. I was thinking about e-publishing a book of poetry to get some of my work out there. The novel that I'm writing I will publish via print, but I know that the chances of getting a collection of poetry published are slim to none. So really, my question was has anyone had any experience with this venue? What are its advantages and disadvantages and is it even worth the time and effort?
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Can it be worth the time and effort? Yes. Can it be a while before I really notice? Yes. Poetry collections are amongst some of the hardest writings to sell. Do you write stories or commentaries? A great way to get people interested in the poetry would be to perhaps first publish something that would draw a greater pool of readers. If they fancy your writing style, there's a good chance that they will purchase subsequent publications as well. Baiting, if you like.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Yes, I considered that, too, but could that work in reverse? Publishing the poetry first and then the stories after as a sort of reverse baiting? If they read the poetry and like it, great, but if they happen to find the second publication first is it possible they would go back and look for the poetry? I've already considered some stories and such that I could publish, but they'll take longer to develop since the poetry is already about halfway there, so that's why I was asking. In effect, I'm not really in this whole thing for the money. I mean, some money would be nice, but I would do it without the money, too. I just love to write. But obviously I do want people to read my work, too, so that's what my main concern is, is getting it out there for people to read.
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Well.. typically stories can appease to just about anyone. Many men, for example, aren't going to read a book of poetry. I'm not saying that they won't, but alot in fact do not just an example.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
18 Feb 10
That's a very good point, though most of my stories I don't think would pertain to many men, either. Though, I guess some of them might. That's certainly something to consider, I suppose, because a bigger audience means more chances to sell.
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@steerforth (1802)
• Italy
21 Feb 10
Hello, I have published a book some years ago, but it's not an e-book, it's a classic book. However from that experience I understood that you can't think about money to earn when you publish it, because I haven't earned money. But I'm happy because my book is a present for a lot of friends, and I love writing, so for me it's good this way.
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