What is an EBook?

A couple weeks ago, I discussed the merits of traditionally publishing versus self-publishing.  Today, I'd thought I would go into more detail as to what self-publishing is; specifically, into the details behind eBooks.

So you've written a book.  Or maybe several books.  And you've decided it's high time you put your book out into the world.  Maybe you're disheartened by the slow grinding pace it takes to query the necessary agents or publishers into order to get your book a contract.  Maybe you've just decided you'd like to cut out the middle man altogether and go straight to your readers.  You're ready for self-publishing!

There are a couple different routes for those who want to self-publish.  If you dead set on distributing a physical copy of your book to your fans, there are services out there that can make physical copies available to your readers, but only on the digital marketplace.  You won't see your book on the front display of Barnes and Nobles, but using Createspace you can upload your manuscript and have it available to sale on the Amazon Marketplace.

But with the rise of the Kindle, a whole new fad in self-publishing has evolved - that of the eBook.

While an "eBook" often refers to nothing more than an electronic version of a book that is already in print, self-publishers have transformed eBooks into a whole new format for reading.  These days, the greater percentage of eBooks you'll find available on the Kindle store (or other digital marketplaces) are only available in that digital format.  They range from non-fiction to fiction, and typically cost little more than $2.99 a pop.  Why is that?  Because today's market for eBooks revolves around the short novel.

Convenience is the name of the game in today's digital world, and that is why the majority of eBooks published for sale on digital marketplaces as standalone digital copies tend to range anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 words.  For your frame of reference, that can be up to 50 or more pages.  Which is why many authors, like me, have started to develop their novellas into eBooks!

My novella, You Will Make It, fits very snugly in that size range, coming in at just under 15,000 words and about 30 or so pages.  Novellas are the perfect size for eBook publishing - meaty enough to be published as more than a short story, and at a small price, but quick enough that they don't become an endeavor to read.  EBooks are, in essence, the new penny-back novel of our generation.

I am proud to announce that You Will Make It is officially launched today!  You can buy You Will Make It here on the Kindle store for $2.99, or get it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.  Since the page has just recently gone live, please be patient with any technical difficulties that may occur, and please be sure to let me know if you have any problems.  Thank you so much for your support, it has meant the world to me!

Shai Cotten