When it comes to picture e-books, artists have the advantage. Mostly because electronic gismos have become tools for artists far more than for writers-- they have the confidence to jump headfirst into these new e-waters. (Some of us writers, like me, still use a legal pad to write in, gasp, longhand!)
I’m not a good swimmer, I can’t keep up with the technology either--by the time I learn how to navigate one electronic gadget, another takes it’s place. I’m scared by all the changes in publishing, knowing I can never keep up with the latest new thing, but I do feel confident about one old thing: there will always be a need for content. And good work, even if it goes out of print, can have a second life. Technology is obviously making that second life more possible.
What about work that seems good, but hasn’t been published? I’ve been debating this right now with a picture book script that had two near misses years ago, the first because the editor said he couldn't visualize the art for the book, the second because the artist selected for the job fell through. If e-book publishing is the next step, the option seems to be for me to illustrate the story myself.
Technically adept I’m not, but I do have some background in art. The idea that I can create a book without a publisher and without the high expense of self publishing encouraged me to re-visit the story with a new direction in mind. I worked with the text, changing it from prose to verse for a simpler and younger approach, and did a dummy to meet the need for “visualization.”
Here’s where I am so far: complete sketches and some cut-paper illustrations. And hopefully by the time I finish, little by little, I’ll have gotten a better grasp on that next step.
As for all those questions Laura Ruby asked in her post, "It's the end of the world as we know it..." --they are mine too!