Notes from An Alien

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Caution: This Is for Geeky Authors . . .

How does a book get from a writer’s mind to a reader’s mind?

Simple answer >> through a publisher.

More realistic answer >> many methods, some controlled by traditional publishers, some controlled by the writer themselves.

Complex answer >> through a process that’s partly metaphysical; then, a process that includes various publishing professionals; or, in a rising percentage of cases, processes accomplished by an individual and intermediated by software and the Internet; and, finally, through the reverse flow of the initial metaphysical process

In my case, I use a trio of word processing tools then send the result to a publishing-aid company that converts my words to print and e-book editions which are purchased on the Internet (or, in different versions, obtained free) and consumed by readers.

Now to the really geeky stuff.

Sanders Kleinfeld published an article on O’Reilly Programming called HTML5 is the Future of Book Authorship.

It sat in my bookmark-bin for about eight months until I found a way to sneak it into this blog in a way that, hopefully, wouldn’t scare away my regular readers

A few excerpts from the article:

“In the past six years, the rise of the ebook has ushered in three successive revolutions that have roiled and reshaped the traditional publishing industry.

“Revolution #1 began in November in 2007, when Amazon released its first-generation eInk Kindle.

“Revolution #2 began in January of 2010, when Apple released its first-generation iPad.

“But I’m currently most excited about Revolution #3, which just started to take hold in early 2012, when folks deeply invested in the implications of Revolutions #1 and #2 started asking, ‘How do you create these postmodern books that contain more than just text and pictures, which people will read on eInk ereaders, tablets, and smartphones?’

“From this question sprang tools such as iBooks AuthorVookPressBooks, and Inkling, which all attempt to tackle one or more facets of this problem.

“Revolution #3 isn’t really defined by a new piece of hardware, software product, or platform. Instead, it’s really marked by a dramatic paradigm change among authors and publishers, who are shifting their toolsets away from legacy word processing and desktop publishing suites, and toward HTML5 and tools built on the Open Web Platform.”

O.K., I probably just lost about two-thirds of my regular readers

For the rest of you, there are these resources:

Digital Publishing Interest Group

Stuff on GitHub to have Geeky-fun with


And, a Programming Newsletter

Plus, you can look at a few slideshows by Sanders.

Oh, also, for the two people still reading this post, grab a free copy of his e-book, HTML5 for Publishers—I just got one and may, or may not, talk about it in a future post

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The Various Flavors of Publishing . . .

So many ways to publish these days

Actually, more than I can keep up with, other than a few broad categories—each general method having multiple options.

Naturally, there’s still “traditional” or “legacy” publishing—Click Here for 17 previous posts on this topic.

Then there’s what I call working with a “Publishing-Aid Company” like FastPencil, which I used for Notes from An Alien :

*Write a book on their site, while inviting BetaReaders or editors to work with you—>Free

*Revise, edit, check multiple proofs, upload a cover, work-out front and back matter, etc.—> Free

*Publish and have the book distributed to Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iBooks, and Ingram

(Print & E-book editions)—> $300

Then come the many, individualized ways to “Be Your Own Publisher”—many helpful considerations in this article by Joel Friedlander.

And, if you have an abundance of self-reliance and the determination to persevere, try this publishing method that combines “Publishing-Aid Company” with “Be Your Own Publisher”—PressBooks—> Do check out their Blog

Also, if you want a primer on the flavors of publishing from a person with Way More experience than I have, read Jane Friedman‘s Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published.

Finally, if all you want to do is grab a free WebSite and post your work there (and folks are screaming at you to Never do that), read Friedman’s Stop Being Afraid of Posting Your Work Online.

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