Friday, June 4, 2010

Stamping E-Book Clarification

Well it's been a roller coaster week and I'm still shoveling myself out of the blizzard of wonderful emails and comments that came in like a freak summer snowstorm!

There have been a lot questions and a few more suggestions about my E-Book so I'd like to take a moment, before I slip away for a weekend of beautiful pool weather and relaxation with my family, to try and answer them.

Q: Why did you chose to publish in the format of an E-Book? I don't even have an e-reader!!

A: It was mostly a lark, to be honest. A lot of folks suggested I take my article on stamp making to the next level and have it published, and when I looked into e-publishing I found it to be simpler than I had ever expected. I just wanted to see if I could actually do it, online sales newbie that I am, and I did- and it was fun! No, I don't expect anyone to run out and buy a Kindle on my account, and I apologize if you have no access to one and feel left out- that is the last thing I would ever want! Please be rest assured that the original blog post still is, and will always remain, available for everyone to peruse- for free- at their leisure. It was never intended to be more than that.

Q: Will you be publishing this in a hard-copy form through a book publishing house?

A: Unless a publisher approaches me and asks to publish it (and I'm not foolish enough to believe for an instant that that's how it actually works!), no, I have no plans to try and have it turned into a paperback book.

Q: Will it at least be available as a PDF file?

A: At the moment, I don't have a professional PDF creation suite and none of the freeware packages I've tested allow for the insertion of hyperlinks- one of the key advantages of having a PDF file. I may, in the future, invest in such a PDF creation package, but I don't want to make any promises on that- I will promise to look into it, however.

I hope this helps to answer your questions, but if not I am always happy to receive your inquiries through my blog or in private emails. I answer ALL my emails and ALL my blog comments- yours will be no different, so feel free to contact me!

On a darker note... in and amongst the wave of lovely comments and emails I've gotten have lurked a few rather ugly private emails from offended readers chastising me for my choice of publication platforms. One even implied that the email author would now be forced to steal my work from my blog and print it out at home, themselves.

To those people, I say this: No offense was intended. I offer whatever information and knowledge I have freely. You can't steal it from me, because I give it to you with sincere enthusiasm and the hope that you will be inspired and create your own beautiful art of which you can be proud.

Happy weekend!
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