Raunch ‘on the back burner’ … EL James
Fifty Shades of Grey author says new fiction will have much less sex, and probably another pseudonym.
This is the question I googled today: How long should a chapter be?
The concurring answer I received is, “The length of a string.”
But is that really the answer? I don’t think so. I visited many articles today and heard of 40,000 word chapters and one sentence chapters. Writers can do what they want, but should they?
About 10 years ago, the most prevalent self-publishing option called for a significant up-front investment and reliance on a publishing service company. Authors had to forfeit more than half of their royalties and grant exclusivity to a single company to sell and distribute their work.
Just as traditional publishing has been transformed by the rise of e-books, today’s self-publishing market has been transformed by new distribution tools that are free to use, take a smaller percentage of authors’ sales, and operate on a nonexclusive basis. Authors have far more control over where their work is sold and what they earn. And there is a growing field of bestselling authors who’ve launched their careers by publishing e-books alone—including Amanda Hocking, Darcie Chan and John Locke, to name a few.
One thing I hear a lot these days is that “self-publishing” is a misnomer. The reason? There’s no way that one person can do everything necessary to properly and effectively publish a book. (Obviously there are a lot of qualifiers there, but you get the idea.)
In many English-speaking countries, the most well-known e-reading devices are from giant brands such as Amazon, Google, or Apple. But the Canadian market paints a slightly different picture. According to the results of our consumer research in the first half of 2012, we found that, when asked which devices consumers planned to use to read their e-books, Kobo was the market share leader at 27%, followed by Kindle at 19% and the iPad at 14%. But let’s see if these preferences spill over into the online arena and how Canadians are using Google to search for their next e-book or e-reading device.