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Ebook or hard copy: Editor's Notes #202
January 15, 2016
Hello,

I always wrote with the idea that what I put out there is going to stay there.
--Alison Headley


In this issue:

1. Ebook or hard copy
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt

1. Ebook or hard copy
A recent radio broadcast announced that Amazon was opening a bricks and mortar store in Seattle. Another broadcast announced that in Canada, there has been a surge in sales of hard copies not matched by a similar surge in ebook sales. This means that at least in Canada, hard copies are taking more of the market share than they were previously.

What does this mean to your publishing plans?

It is unlikely that any one fact will influence your decision about how to publish. Are you writing fiction or non-fiction? How well are you known outside your immediate social circle? What avenues of marketing are available to you? How much time do you have to spend on distribution and marketing? Where do you live? Where does your target market live?

Knowing the trends and what drives them gives you a good starting point as you move toward putting your work into the pubic domain.

Whichever way you choose to publish, make sure only your best work is in print. I'd love to help you with that when the time comes.

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2.Tickled my funnybone
From a church bulletin: Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

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3. Interesting Web site
These links are not to hot-off-the-press articles, but do offer some insights into things that drive trends in publishing.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazon-opens-first-bricks-and-mortar- bookstore-at-u-village/

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/international-book-news/article/64041-e-book-sales-level-off-canadian-publishing-2014.html

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4. Writing prompt
See where the following sentence takes you.

Jordan should have listened.

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