Of all Paul Jennings’ eighty books, which have earned him many awards, The Bird Said Nothing is the first to become available exclusively as an ebook. Jennings decided to take the leap into the world of ebooks after conceding that there is a huge market for them. As he says in his blog,
I have said previously that I prefer traditional paper books, and this is still true. However I have to accept that many people enjoy eBooks.
He also explains the advantages over traditional publishing.
There are also benefits for the author as one can obtain instant exposure in overseas markets such as the United States and the UK. And of course, I am in total control of the text, design and the publishing date.
But how did he go about entering this strange new world? His assistant Fiona Parker was in charge. At first she turned to internet research, but found its information about ebook publishing 'confusing and incomplete'.
So instead she went to the Australian Society of Author’s 2 day workshop Creating Your Own eBook in Sydney earlier this year.
The ASA course provided the background, information and tools required to published Paul's new story as his first self-published ebook. In a new area of growth and development it was reassuring to have a presenter in Simon Groth (from if:books), who was able to answer questions from his own interest and involvement in the industry as well as personal and practical experience.
But the publishing process wasn't all smooth sailing.
The challenging aspects are maybe the simplest - making editorial decisions and choosing the 'right' cover and title. And then the not so simple - winding your way through the Amercian tax system if you wish to publish via iTunes!
Despite the hurdles, Parker is confident that it was a good decision to get involved in this growing market.
This has been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience and has led to the first of many Paul Jennings books to be self-published.