Monday, August 17, 2009

The Natives Have Returned to the Classroom

The Teenagers Return to School

Every year, I feel tremendous relief when school is finally out for the summer. It’s nice to have a few weeks to relax without the push and shove of one schedule overlapping with another.

As much as we anticipate the arrival of summer, we also look forward to fall. After a few months of playing hard, this year wasn’t an exception. It was time to send those teenagers packing!

School started back last Monday. The first day was a short one and the days following consisted of writing out one check after another for school fees, supplies, and dues. Today marks the first day of the ‘official’ school year. We’re finally on a schedule.

Now, it’s time to complete a few writing projects and get back to work. I’m forced to shelf promotions and blogging during the summer since writing time is so limited. By the time school is in session again, I’m typically at a loss. It’s great to surf the net and see what I’ve missed but after being MIA for a few months, it’s hard to catch up and see everything.

One thing I recently noticed is more public exposure, awareness, and acceptance of e-books. More and more folks are comparing and then buying e-readers. Teenagers are buying e-books, something I’m thrilled to discover. Our market is wide open and it’s broader than it was one year ago.

When I first started my writing career, I didn’t know very much about e-books. Later, after discovery, I had to explain to others what e-books were and where to find them. I’ve introduced a lot of friends and family members to e-books only to have them thank me later. Many appreciate the convenience and still others like the price point. I buy more e-books now than ever before and even buy them for research purposes as opposed to trotting out to the library or rushing for the brick and mortar bookstores.

E-books have come a long way. Many e-books trump print books on various best seller lists. New authors have the opportunity to earn more money than they have in years past because of the numerous online sales outlets they have at their disposal.

The day has finally arrived when it’s more lucrative for some e-authors than traditional print authors. Best of all, there’s a tremendous buzz about these fabulous books and the talented writers behind them.

I’m surfing the internet and truly delighted at what I’ve discovered. Many of the books topping the best seller lists at third party outlets are written by Siren-BookStrand authors and still others by those I have the great honor to call out as true friends.

Wow, this is one phenomenal business. Best of all, at the heart of this industry is my truest passion…the written word.

I’m surfing and chatting at Just Another Paranormal Monday. Come join us.



Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Destiny,

Great topic. I have to agree that e-books are starting to be noticed. I was also one who had no idea what an e-book was until my publisher offered them. Though I do love a printed book sometimes having the book immediately with a quick payment to paypal is wonderful.

See you at Paranormal Monday! :)

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks so much for posting. I always enjoy hearing from you at JAPM too. You're a talented lady!


Catherine Bybee said...

I v-blogged about my kids going back to school last week. I'm so excited to get back to a routine. Great topic, Destiny.

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Catherine,

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. Congrats on your upcoming book release. See you at Just Another Paranormal Monday. :))