I’ve been on a bit of an ebook rampage as of late. I can’t really explain why, to be honest. Maybe it’s because ebooks involve two things that I absolutely love – reading and technology. I’ve been using ereader software on my iPhone for quite a while now, but to tell the truth, I don’t do much heavy reading on it. Lately though, I’ve been looking long and hard at e-ink devices, as I think they’re just now really hitting their stride, both on a technical and proliferation level. Chances are, I’ll be picking one up very, very soon.
So, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Not a damn thing. However, somewhat on topic would be what the, well, topic of what this post is about. I just published my first ebook, a book imaginatively titled The Queen and the Castle, available for free download at Smashwords.com.
To give a little background on the story, I wrote it a little over 5 years ago, and spread out over the span of about 6 months. It was initially started with the intention of being a quickly written and very short story (around 2,000 words) and as a method of practicing my writing, as well as developing a character that I wanted to use as the main protagonist in a book. Of course, the story ended up over 11,000 words, which was a little longer than I expected. The first 3 parts I wrote in relatively quick spurts over the span of a couple of months, battling writer’s block.
I may not have ever finished it were it not for a couple of ladies I met on a forum who were reading the story as I finished each part. Having both of them provide feedback and encouragement helped me immensely in overcoming my bouts of writer’s block and laziness. I don’t have it in the book itself, but the book is dedicated to both of them.
I also need to thank my older brother, Mark Wilson, for designing the cover of the book, including doing the artwork featured on it. My brother is an incredibly talented artist. I highly recommend anyone to check out his artwork. You can do so by heading on over to his Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/lynx777
Having read back through it many times, including some recent run-throughs in the course of editing and formatting it for publication, I noticed that my own writing style seemed to improve a bit with each part. Seeing this is kind of prompting me to get back into the swing of writing again, along with all of the positive feedback I’ve received from everyone so far. So, who knows? I may publish another ebook soon. 🙂