What's my favorite word this week?
What's the coolest thing I've heard, hands-down, that blew my mind, made me wonder why no one has ever tried this before, and basically want to marry Penny Reid and make her my sister-wife?
I beta-read Penny Reid's latest book, gave her some suggestions, and she moved forward and published the book. It's FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS. I have not read the finished product yet. At the Indie Author Symposium this past weekend she told me something she'd done in response to reader opinion. Some of her readers wanted sexier scenes in her books, some liked the heat level as is.
Penny gave them the option for both.
Let me repeat that.
Penny gave her readers an option. She wrote the scene without the steamy heat. And for readers who wanted more, they can click on a link and read an extended scene that has more sex.
Let's just take a moment, shall we, to ponder
HOW FREAKIN' COOL THAT IS!!!!!!
It is mofo genius.
It's someone thinking outside-of-the-box, using the digital medium to enhance her work, to enhance her readers' experience.
Bloody, bloomin' brilliant.
There are a whole slew of reasons why folks like self-publishing. Some want more control over their career. Some want to make more money. Some are tired of the hassle and games with traditional publishing.
And some want to try new things, push the boundaries of our work, and change the future of publishing as we know it.
Bravo, Penny Reid. Shooting you a big wet virtual kiss for having the humongous big balls to think outside-the-box and incorporate innovation into your novel.
Some additional updates from the Indie Author Symposium...
This conference was like no other conference I have ever attended. There were no beach party bingo games, no male strippers, no fat on the bones. It was a blitz of informational sessions, one right after another, that were intense, focused workshops on every facet of the self-publishing experience.
Marie Force is a powerhouse in the truest sense of the word. She is on top of the industry, meeting with Amazon executives, constantly renewing her strategy to reflect the changing market, and most importantly, feeding her fans what they love the most...good books.
The authors who attended were from different parts of the country, represented many genres (fiction and non-fiction), and were in various stages in their careers.
It was fascinating, exciting, and positive.
The complete opposite of the vibe I got at the last RWA conference I attended, where the attitude was a weird, judgmental, us vs. them feeling.
We need to move past that.
There is room for everyone in the publishing world.
I have ZERO tolerance for folks who make blanket statements like "Those people [self-pubbers] really need to get an editor."
THOSE PEOPLE are professional publishers. We have editors. We also have formatters, cover artists, promo specialists, accountants, lawyers, assistants, and various other professionals helping to create the very best books we can.
THOSE PEOPLE are changing the face of publishing.
THOSE PEOPLE are risk-takers.
THOSE PEOPLE have courage.
I am proud and excited to be one of THOSE PEOPLE.
I'm thrilled to announce the INDIE AUTHOR SYMPOSIUM will be held next year, tentatively scheduled for Oct 24-25, 2014.
It's a brand new world in publishing. Hop on board.
All my best,
P.S. I'll have more photos and updates about the conference later this week.