The Wenches are delighted to welcome Nina Paules today, a familiar presence on the Wench blog as one of our original blog readers (Nina has been with us since we first debuted the blog!) — and she is now an epublisher in her own right with ePublishing Works! along with its related sites eBook Prep and now a new feature of ePublishing Works … eBook Discovery!
Nina's ebook publishing business hit the ground running last year, and among its e-publications are some of my own early novels, The Black Thorne's Rose and The Raven's Wish, with more to come. As a client and author, I can personally attest to Nina's creativity, expertise, initiative and energy — and I'm pleased to introduce her here as an epublisher!
Susan: Hi Nina, welcome to the blog!
Nina: Hi Susan! Thank you for inviting me. As an avid Word Wench follower, I’m thrilled (and admittedly nervous) to be here “up here” with you.
Susan: Your epublishing venture, ePublising Works! got off to a great start, and is growing by leaps and bounds with an expanding list of favorably priced eBooks that can be found around the world. Tell us how you got started.
Nina: Well, I guess you could say I fell into it. ePublising Works! (ePW ) started by accident the day I tripped over a dog toy (the family and I are volunteer puppy raisers for The Seeing Eye), fell down the steps and landed in the emergency room with a badly broken ankle. Two surgeries, 128 days in a wheel chair and five months of physical therapy later, Mary Jo Putney asked if I’d consider eBooking her contemporary series. Of course I said yes! A month later I had the pleasure of a long conversation with Laura Resnick (thanks to Mary Jo) about how limited the epublishing market was (and still is) for individual authors who want to publish professionally formatted eBooks.
The next day, ePW was born – in my head. When I finally mustered the nerve to unveil my idea to an NYT bestselling author (whom you all know and love) and she put up the investment money without blinking an eye – ePW became a reality. And I was stone-cold terrified. I have never found myself in deeper, darker, uncharted waters. But I had a handful of authors counting on me, so I began to plot the course.
Then, without warning, ePW took off. Our catalog went from zero to 210 in 8 months and we now hold publishing contracts with every major eRetailer out there including Ingram who places and authors’ professionally formatted eBooks (that look good on every eReader and app out there) all over the world, at reasonable prices for readers. Wherever you live, if you can’t find our eBooks at one of the eBook providers for your country, we want to know about it. Soon, we’ll in libraries, too.
Susan: Recently you’ve introduced some new features for ePublishing Works!, mainly eBook Discovery. What inspired you to take this new direction?
Nina: eBook Discovery was born out of my frustrated desire for affordable quality eBooks that were pleasant to read on my eReader. There are an estimated three million eBooks out there. Three million! That’s a lot of material to wade through to find something you like. I thought there had to be a better way that also allowed our favorite authors to spend more time writing and less time yelling into the social marketing bullhorn.
So, after talking with and listening to a number of authors and readers, we (and I say we, now, because there’s more than me at ePW) launched eBook Discovery.
eBook Discovery is not a store. There are plenty of eBook stores out there already. eBook Discovery is a place where readers can feel safe discovering new authors and eBooks similar to what they like to read while getting reacquainted with tried-and-true favorites. The best part about eBook Discovery is that you can Buy YOUR Way—Amazon, B&N, Sony, iBooks, Kobo—however you like it, you'll find your Buy Link at eBook Discovery. The other best part is that all eBook Discovery eBooks have been vetted and are professionally formatted—just like the "big publishers," minus the higher price, that is. In this fast-paced world of info overload, eBook Discovery believes you deserve to have it all, all in one place.
Of course, the eBook Discovery site isn’t finished. We add, on average, 3-5 new titles every week. And in late Spring 2012, we plan to beta-test a points-base program for readers titled Write a Review Receive a Reward.
Susan: That's fascinating — what an innovative idea! From your perspective as an epublisher now, what do you see for the future of eBooks?
Nina: Wow. That’s a great (and loaded) question. Here are three predictions that have been rattling around in my head.
I think the next wave on the publishing technology side will be multi-media eBooks. As more affordable android-like tablets (Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox, iPad/iPad2, and the Nook tablet just to name a few) gain market share, we’ll start seeing embedded video teasers in our eBooks instead of (or in addition to) the excerpt from the author’s next book. ePW already has four multi-media eBooks scheduled to launch before Christmas (get as sneak peek at eBook Discovery's Teaser page); and eBook Prep (ePW’s sister company) is contracted to create nine more multi-media eBooks.
In the eStores, we’ll soon see eBook teasers next to the eBook’s cover, sales blurb and buy button. Sony and B&N have already asked ePW for the teasers independent of our multi-media eBooks so they can place the teasers on the sales page. Will teasers replace the sales blurb? Perhaps, as readers fall more in love with what the tablet can add to the reading experience.
And speaking of tablets… what do you have to do to enter eBook Discovery’s Kindle Fire giveaway? Simple. Go to eBook Discovery, look around, explore; and while you’re there, enter our giveaway! The winner (chosen at random and notified via email) will be announced on Nov 20.
Thank you, Nina, for telling us about ePublishing Works! and eBook Discovery for readers.
As part of the launch of eBook Discovery, Nina and her ePW crew produced a video trailer for The Black Thorne's Rose, which you can view here on eBook Discovery!
eBOOK DRAWING! Nina wants to know what you think is a fair and reasonable price for an ebook. She will be giving away THREE ebook copies of Susan King's THE BLACK THORNE'S ROSE (or THE RAVEN'S WISH, winner's choice) in a drawing from the names of those who answer the question!
Susan and Nina