As I wrote about recently, I’ve gradually become a convert to e-books. It took a while, but I’ve gotten used to purchasing titles to read on screen, even though I’ve read and can pretty much attest to the fact that we read differently on screen than we do in print. I probably wouldn’t want to have read Anna Karenina on my Kobo, and when I decided to tackle A Portrait of a Lady, I bought it in paperback.
Mind you, I haven’t read it yet, but still.
Another reason I still buy some books in print is because they’re written by my friends—and I want my friends to autograph them! You can sign a Kindle, I guess, but eventually you’re going to run out of room on the case for more writers to sign it. Of course, with friends who’ve released e-book-only titles, that’s a bit of a problem. I’ve got three e-shorts from Untreed Reads that fall into that category as well. And, it almost goes without saying (but I’m gonna say it anyway because BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION), my first novel, Detours, is also available as an e-book. How do I sign those for people?
There’s a way around that now. I recently signed up at a site called Authorgraph where you can list titles you’ve written and have readers request signings for them. If you’ve got an iPad or a tablet, it’s pretty slick: type a message, then use a stylus and you can literally sign your name and—whoosh!—off it goes to the reader.
So, if you’ve bought one of those e-shorts or my first novel, you can go over there an request an autograph. I’ll be happy to sign! (On the downside, you’re going to see how terrible my penmanship is.)
But, I do have a favor to ask.
If you liked that title I’m signing, would you be so kind as to write a review? You can put it on Goodreads, Amazon, wherever you bought it. Reviews help other readers find my work, and your opinions give them an idea of what they can expect. My friend ‘Nathan, who’s a reviewing machine (seriously, go check out his blog to see what I mean), offered some helpful hints on how to write a review. It’s easier than you think: you can do it in three sentences!
If you do write a review, first of all THANK YOU. Secondly, THANK YOU again. Thirdly, shoot me an email and let me know about it so I can check it out.
Did I say thanks already? I did? Well, I’ll say it again: thanks!