TAG! You're It! - Tuesday,
where I ask the questions and my guests answers them.
But that's not all, my guest also gets to tag my next victim.
As an experienced, published author, how would you describe the changes you've seen in the market over the past few years? Specifically, more and more publishers using print on demand, and the whole ebook craze? How do you think it will affect your life and writing career?
Um, I’m not sure what makes Christine think I’m “experienced” in the marketplace just because I’m published. For the most part, I don’t have a clue what the marketing trends are! Even though I’m a new Kindle owner, I’m still having a very hard time transitioning out of hard print books. Not sure I ever really will. I think hard copies will always be my first love and first choice of reads for books that I even remotely think might end up as “keepers”.
That being said, I know there are a LOT of ebook lovers out there, which makes me VERY glad that both of my titles are available as ebooks! Any format that increases sales and name recognition for your titles and yourself has got to be a good thing, right? And this is my personal theory. At least, it’s what I would do if I fell in love with an ebook. There’s something about having a physical copy that gives the book a feeling of permanence that an ebook, in my opinion, just doesn’t have. You know, one wrong click and it’s gone into the ether! I know it’s not that simple, but kind of psychologically, to me it is.
So I might read lots of ebooks (eventually) that I’ll read once and then either delete or simply allow to drift off into the deep recesses of my Kindle files. But if I come across an ebook that I absolutely love, that I think I will want to read again and again, I would go straight out and buy myself a hard copy. That’s two sales for one book! So I’m good with the whole concept.
As for print on demand, it doesn’t upset me terribly. Especially if it increases the chances of my titles never going out of print so that people can continue to buy them FOREVER. Yeah, that would be nice, too.
Joyce DiPastena moved from Utah to Arizona at the age of 2, and grew up to be a died-in-the-fur Desert Rat. (110 degrees? A little toasty. 117? Utah isn't looking quite so bad right now!) She first fell in love with the Middle Ages when she read Thomas B. Costain's, The Conquering Family in high school. She attended the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a degree specializing in medieval history.
Joyce loves to play the piano and sing for her own amusement, as well as in her church choir. Other interests include reading, spending time with her sister, trying out new restaurants, and unfortunately, buying new clothes. The highlight of her year is attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival, which she has not missed once in its twenty-two years of existence. She loves chocolate chip cookies, Hershey Kisses with almonds (because if they've got nuts, they're good for you), and Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Popcorn with a video/DVD or TV on Sunday nights.
And now it's time for Joyce to TAG a friend.
TAG! You're It!
Come back next Tuesday to see if Rachelle accepts the challenge and to see if you've been tagged.