The playing field may never be more smooth that it is today and this self-publishing, spotlighted option will probably not last long.
Consider the times in which we live: It is only a matter or months or years until the publishing houses come up with a way to differentiate between the little guy and the big player. Their survival depends upon it.
Blogger and writer’s advocate, Elise de Bres, says,
“For me, ebooks are part of now, not the future. Publishers will just have to deal with it and find ways to embrace the ebook. They need to add something extra to it so that there is a clear difference between an ebook and its paper version.”
Whether or not you have your sites set on eventual paperback publication, your task right now is to write an ebook to the best of your ability and publish a quality version.
Think crisp, clean and easy to format layouts featuring frequent text breaks created by headings, indented quotes and lists.
Although some publishers use Quark® or InDesign®, and some authors use WordPerfect® or Microsoft Word®, when you boil it down, most ebooks are actually just glorified word documents transformed into electronic format.
EBooks can be published for readers in multiple ways. The ebook you are reading will be published in ePub (iXX) and PDF plus, of course, Mobipocket for the Amazon Kindle®, which is the one that attracted you to read all this in the first place.
The Amazon Kindle® has taken the concept of “eBook” from cheap and cheesy to competitive, cost effective and the first real chance for publication most authors have ever known.