Okay, so last Wednesday we talked a little about our fears.
Now to balance things out, let's talk about the things we hope will happen.
We're talking hope, so I'm thinking Emily Dickinson:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
(For the rest of the poem -- in the public domain -- go to the Poetry Foundation's website here.)
Here are the e-publishing hopes that have alighted somewhere in me:
- (Pelican-sized -- heavier, weightier) I've been published by three different publishers. But an e-reader doesn't make such distinctions. I'm hoping to finally have a backlist -- that people buying one book will see that 'why yes, Amy has published a couple other books...'
- (Black and White Warbler -- beautiful, migratory, and black and white like print) I hope that book creators will finally be able to make money from their book -- a living wage. At least by publishing their out-of-print titles as ebooks.
- I hope that we'll all discover that we're stronger than we thought, that we can do more tech than we thought, and that we'll be able to share our knowledge with one another and thereby build a better community of book creators. (I think we'll all discover that we're stronger than we thought, so I'll call that hope a Sandhill Crane. As for a community? Well, isn't that what we're doing here? So a pair of cranes!)
- I hope that the new forms that emerge in print-on-demand, ebooks and apps suggest kinds of projects we hadn't considered before -- that new ideas will be born from the technology and the forms. (Cardinal -- because I think this will happen. It'll be bright red, and have a piercing call.)
- (Hummingbird -- small but startling) Books that would only have a limited audience? Hey, we can print them ourselves and reach those people! Why not?
That's quick. But that's my list. Honestly, I'm kind of excited by the idea of making a few odd and quirky books. Dreaming them up right now as a matter of fact... So what are your hopes for this new e-publishing world? As an author? As a reader? As an educator? As a librarian?
And what bird are they?
-- Amy Timberlake
[Photo is mine of a European Robin.]