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Persinette Wide Release

It took me longer than I was expecting to put together this wide release.  First came life things, then came a bug in the ePub, then came various hitches with several different retailers.  However, it’s all come together and Persinette is now available at a variety of e-book retailers.


A hundred years before Rapunzel, there was Persinette. Before the Old Witch ever locked Rapunzel in a tower, a Fairy set out to change Persinette’s destiny.

Read the French fairy tale that inspired the Grimm Brothers’ “Rapunzel,” learn about the authoress Mlle de La Force, and discover answers to questions such as why Persinette’s father traded her for a fistful of parsley and how she survived for years alone in her wilderness.

Includes translations of the French tale “Persinette” (1698), the Italian tale “Petrosinella” (1634), and the German tale “Rapunzel” (1812-57), along with background information on each of the tales and their authors.




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Publishing Types

It was mentioned that not everyone who reads my blog understands all the issues surrounding the different types of publication that are available now, such as those I referred to on my post about my career path and goals.  There has also been a lot of hot debate about whether or not a writer who is in charge of their own book publication should be allowed to call his or herself “indie” (short for “independent”).  I thought I’d tackle both subjects here briefly.

Up until 2009 when e-books started becoming a viable reading option, there was a dichotomy in publishing known as “publishing” and “self-publishing”.  In those prior days, nearly everyone was published through a regular book publisher in NY. In order to be published, you first found an agent to represent you and work out a suitable contract with an editor at one of the publishing houses.  The actual publishing process with one of these publishers even now takes years. First your book is accepted, then you go through a series of revisions, line-edits, copy-edits, proofs, and so on. Often you don’t get to choose your cover artist or cover art.

Self-publishing under this system was frowned upon, mostly because self-published books were rarely professionally edited and therefore were poor in quality. Self-publishers wrote a book and published it themselves through a vanity press, so-called because vanity presses publish whatever you give them if you pay them a lot of money upfront. In those days, self-publishers basically had to hand-sell each of their books. Hardly any self-publishers made anything resembling a profit and few managed to sell to anyone but family and friends.

“Indie publishing” as a term actually meant publishing with a small press.  There wasn’t much difference between indie publishing and regular publishing except the choice of who was doing the publishing process for you, where they were located, how many titles per year they published, and how large their staff was.

Now, however, the world has changed.

To differentiate between publishing paths, a new term was coined for the path that everyone took for granted – “traditional publishing”.   At first, this term was met with hostility by the newly-called traditional publishers, but now most seem resigned to it.

The remaining two terms “indie publishing” and “self-publishing” have undergone a revolution as well.  Now small presses, the old “indie publishers”, are feeling resentful that the old “self-publishers” are stealing their title.

Here’s a suggestion on how to differentiate nowadays.

Traditional publishing: Large and small presses that do all behind-the-scenes work in publication except the actual writing.

Indie publishing: Do-it-yourself, entrepreneurial writers who hire seasoned professionals to help them edit, copy-edit, obtain cover art, and so on for their books.  Anyone who does their homework, obtains professional support, but strikes out on an alternative path to the traditional.

Self-publishing: Doing all or most tasks entirely yourself.

I should note that “indie publishing” and “self-publishing” are often used interchangeably, which might be part of the remaining stigma and problem.

Now that I’ve given you a bit of background, hop on over to Kris Rusch’s business post comparing and contrasting traditional and indie publishing.  She also explains why proponents of the two have a hard time understanding each other and getting along.

ETA: I started laughing to myself when I saw her business post this week. (I’d written and queued this post immediately after the tweet that started it all.)  She’s responding to the exact same tweet and blogpost debate as I am, draws many of the same conclusions, but has a lot more experience under her belt. Cue me amused.

Out of Print!

    So, imagine for a moment that there is a book you have been salivating over for years but you never managed to convince yourself it was worth the high price tag to purchase. “I’ll get it when I have more money, I just can’t justify the purchase right now.”

Months pass, then a year or two. You finally have the funds to get a little gift to yourself for being good. And then… you see these words:

“Out of Print.”

They chill you, shock you. You stare at them as if you’ve forgotten what they mean. You’ve only had a Kindle for a year and already you are used to the idea that books will never go out of print, they will always be at your fingertips.

But what if the Kindle version is actually inferior to the paper version? What if the traditional publisher couldn’t justify doing a good job formatting the book, and so there’s at least something egregious per chapter that jars you out of the story?

Or what if the book you desired was actually an art book? What if there is no way the pages will ever compare in print to a little 6″x9″ minimalistic screen?

This is a strange world we live in, but there a few things that have me worried.

  1. Will publishers EVER justify doing a second print run of a popular book?  Now that digital versions exist which supposedly will never “run out of stock”, does that mean that all print versions are now “Limited Editions” and you have to purchase them the moment they come out?  Will this mean that print versions of books will steadily increase in price over time?   The “Men and Angels” art book just went out of print this month. I waited one month too late. Already the price has tripled the original price tag.
  2. Will publishers ever start caring about formatting their electronic books? The Kindle and Nook have been out and popular for at least two years and STILL traditional publishers release inferior, badly formatted electronic copies.  What is going on? I am tempted to learn the ins and outs of electronic formatting and then demanding that they hire me to fix their books.  There is no excuse for shoddy work, none whatsoever, especially if they are going to charge triple or more the price of what indie authors and publishers are selling at.  This is ridiculous.

Other thoughts? Worries? Concerns?