Last December I was in London for holidays.
I love this city, I love walking all around its streets. I love take the tube, the bus and trying to discover unknown places. Well, I know. Foyles is not an unknown place. It’s a very very big book shop in Charing Cross Road.
I entered in this realm and I was enchanted by all that books everywhere and spread on five levels.
Usually I do not write in English. Writing in English is difficult to me because it’s not my first language as I speak Italian, but I like English. I was in London so much times… Well, I know to be in London doesn’t mean anything. Walking through the city you can hear any language except English, the old and good English. I heard lots of Italian, Spanish and just 1-5% of British English.
So If my post is not perfect you know why. I do not intend to say “I’m Italian” to avoid a good English, anyway.
Usually I love reading books and – in my very few spare time – to write books. The problem is that writing book is a bit like loosing time because there are too much books out there, people doesn’t know me, people doesn’t pay for unknown writers and if they pay, they don’t want to pay more than a bit.
Long time ago I started writing for this blog. I had a project. To start translating my stories from Italian to English, or just start new stories more related to UK or USA characters, cities and publish it. Usually is not simple to get the right target changing language.
I have an English free short tale available on Apple iBookStore.
I have another one of my stories that could be translated in English and published because it’s based in a London of the future, but it’s not just a walk to translate, edit and promote an English novel.
Here you are my quick review of the first of four parts of the Carla Rita Francesca Monticelli’s project Red Desert. A novel that will you move from Earth to Mars. A great story available in ebook on Amazon.com.
As said this is just the first part. Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian indie writer that now arrived with her first English publication to the major ebook stores (Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, Apple iBookStore, B&N).
some days ago I published my first book in English. I’m an Italian author and I’ve got 4 books on my shoulder, but in Italian, you can find them on Amazon, on Kobo, on Apple, on Google.
Today is a big day. I published “Journey within a Story”.
Usually I don’t read Sci-Fi books, but I heard good opinions about these short stories by Luca Rossi, an indie author, so I purchased Galactic Energies on Amazon. Luca Rossi’s text moves through human feelings and the events that involved and that still involve us every day, but in fantastic text form.
This year I did. I subscribed to the NaNoWriMo, that’s the National Novel Wring Month.
November the writing month. I have to write a novel in 30 days, a novel that has to be of 50’000 words. To win, I have to write about 1666 words a day. I wrote usually a novel of about 90’000 words in 2 or 4 years, so this is a really huge challange.
The novelists of the 2013? We are 250’022.
What is the price? What does it mean to sell an e-book?
Well, considering that the e-book is not a tangible object, we can think about it as a software, and it’s a software if we really see what it is. You can have a license on that. When you buy an e-book from Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google they can decide that the e-book you purchased it’s not anymore available for you and remove it from their servers for you, so you’re going to lose it from your Amazon/Kobo/Apple/Google device. It’s difficult it happen, but it can always happen, so the best thing is to make a backup of the e-book files when it’s possible, when you don’t have to fight against DRM.
But it’s not this the purpose of this post.
The purpose is to reflect on the e-book price concept. e-book is not tangible object, you can’t touch it, you can’t feel the smell of the pages, but, at the end of the story, it’s always a text, it’s a story an author wrote. What is the best price if the author is a selfpublisher?