Above are Nicolas Cage and Justin Bartha in NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS as they scour the Library of Congress for a clue. What treasures will digital books hold for the future? The Library of Congress hosted a day long conference, Romance Fiction in the Digital Age (link). Panel Four explored this very issue - Where is Romance Fiction Heading in the Digital Age?
Moderator: Sarah Frantz Lyons, founder of The International Study of Popular Romance
Panelists: Liliana Hart, self published author, Jon Fine, Former Director of Author Relations for Amazon, Angela James, Editorial Director for Carina Press, Tara McPherson, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at USC, and Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks.
From the panel (paraphrase):
Liliana Hart: I was tired of being told that romantic suspense would not sell (so she decided to self publish). I self publish like a traditional house - I hire a professional editor, cover artist, etc.
Angela James: Digital publishing provides hope to aspiring authors.
Dominique Raccah: Find where are your readers.
The panel agreed that romance community embraced digital format, paving the way for indie publishing.
I recommend Sarah Wendell's storified Tweets at this link. For tweets related to this panel, scroll to 3:44 pm.
I prefer print books. I'll probably be buried with a print book in my hand. But I appreciate the new opportunities afforded by digital books - traditional authors publishing backlists; traditional authors completing series; any author publishing genres (like romantic suspense) that "dont' sell"; and any author pursuing a dream.
What are your thoughts on digital publishing? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, March 7, 10 pm. I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 8.
Kim in Baltimore
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