Introducing Sammuel Bowden, the creator of Twisted Eden

Recently I posted some tips on Kickstarters on Google+ and was contacted by Sammuel Bowden, a talented writer and artist from Bronx, NY. He just recently started a project called Twisted Eden, which is an innovative take on the traditional graphic novel format. His kickstarter just started for this book.  The video is pretty slick and artwork super unique; I’ll let him explain his revolutionary ideas, which are quite exciting as I love reading graphic novels!

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Hi Sammuel, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Can you introduce yourself and let us know a little bit about your background? Your artwork is quite unique (similar to air brush styles), did you have any art training or is it a natural talent you possess?

Lol, not to sound cocky, but it’s a natural talent. I have been drawing since I was seven years old, but I always wanted to take art classes to perfect my style! Natural talent is one thing, but professional training is another for the fact that it is a lot more technical.

The title of your kickstarter is “It’s not just a Graphic Novel, It’s a new Beginning!” and you mention that the difference between your book and the traditionally published graphic novel is the fact that it is a “True Hybrid Book”. Can you explain a little bit about what this means? How did you come up with this?

I’m a very analytical person. Whenever I watch a good movie, show, or read a good book, I ask myself two questions:

What makes me like this show/book so much?

What elements do all the things that I like have in common?

Asking those questions over and over again, had given me an idea. That Idea was to blend in as many elements as possible to make the “ultimate” story. Originally, I wanted to make an anime series, but not having any knowledge or networks in animation…I knew it would be impossible at that stage. So, Instead of an animated series, I wrote the plot to a book series and kept my drawn characters.

I always loved shows with a narrator, so I thought that it would be a good fit to make my book a First Person Narrative. But, making my book a written novel took away some good scenes that I had imagined for an anime series. Certain things are just better told through a sequence of art panels, where you can actually see the action.

So, wanting to keep my highly detailed writing, I decided to make a way to merge comic and narrative together! Then, as I played around with words and formats, and displayed my Half-Novel/Half-Graphic novel story to my friends. I realized that I may have the next big thing.

People who prefer words read my book for it’s writing while appreciating the art, but comic lovers enjoyed my book in reverse to the novel lovers. Also, kids who hated reading books would read the long pages of my story just to find out why two characters were fighting in a comic strip. Not a single person has disliked my content.

I felt like I accomplished my goal in blending in all elements of a good story. But, more importantly, I was able to combine two separate worlds of story telling together (Hence the name True Hybrid Book).

On your website you talk a little bit more about Twisted Eden and that you had actually thought about this story and its characters for a long time. How did you come up with this story?

Well…being born in the 90’s made me appreciate Anime in a big way. Seeing shows with intense action like Dragon Ball Z is one of the things that kept me drawing at a young age. But, as I got older and became more analytical, I knew that I needed something more than a basic story with big fights.

When I first made my story, I noticed that my characters didn’t have enough internal conflicts to make them relatable. So, I went back to the drawing board and started giving each character an internal conflict. That’s when I thought of the classic “memory loss” idea for my main character. A person trying to uncover their lost memory always added that “mystery” element to the book that most people love!

My main character’s loss of memory was a good way for me to give him more depth while giving the story an unpredictable plot. In total, I believe it took me around three years to put everything together. Lol, I think I just realized that I sacrificed hanging out with friends in High School and college for this book…sheesh!

Can you explain why you chose to name your book Twisted Eden? Without spoilers can you hint on how it fits into the story line?

Well, most of us know about the classic story of the Garden of Eden from the Bible. So, I wanted to make a fiction book that “twisted” the story of human’s origin. In the Garden of Eden, there were two trees that wasn’t to be touched. One granted man the power of Knowledge while the other Granted man the gift of life.

Twisted Eden is a Fictional of how things probably could have been if Adam ate from one Tree, while Eve ate from the other…

There are different realms in Twisted Eden with two sets of beings – humans and the Dominants, who govern humankind from within the shadows. What kind of creatures are these Dominants and why do they need to rule in secret? Do they have super powers?

You can picture Dominants as Angels. They are in the form of “Man”, have influence over Humanity, and have wings and cool powers. Some are good, some are evil, but the plot isn’t so simple. What is percieved as good and bad is through the eyes of the beholder… You’ll see these conflicts of Morales versus Circumstances a lot in Twisted Eden.

In your book excerpt you start off with a young Prince from another Realm. Is this Prince human or a Dominant? Will there be lots of twists and turns in this story? Lots of fighting?

The Prince is a Dominant, so he has those cool wings and powers. Yes, there will be lots of twists and turns in the story. I purposely wrote the plot to make a person think something is going to happen when it doesn’t. And yes…there will be lots and lots of fighting! Not as much in the first issue though, because I want to paint the picture before things start exploding!

Let’s talk a little bit about Fusion Book Publishing, is this your own company? Was it difficult setting this up?

Yes! I Found Fusion Book Publishing to help beginner Authors for free! I love helping people, but I favor self publishers since we have a good reputation of producing bad stuff…(thankfully that’s changing) It was really hard to get the ball rolling at first, but it’s finally getting some momentum! The main blog is at http://sammuelbowden.blogspot.com/. The home page shows what’s new while the Free Help page connects you to the Facebook community where you can contact me for help.

What do you hope to do in the future with Fusion Book Publishing as you grow bigger?

I want it to be a second chance for Authors! Everyone has the power to make a good book, but just need guidance on how. I want Fusion Book Publishing to grow to help as many people as possible to do what they love to do. I also want it to serve as a place where readers and fans can reach out directly to the industry to express what they want.

It’s been great learning all about your Twisted Eden project and I hope that it takes off as some of these ideas really captured my imagination! Tackling a new take on a traditional format of anything is a courageous task! Please have a look at his website and send in some support to his kickstarter!

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High Tea at the Ritz

It was one of my BFF’s bday last weekend and she asked me and my Viking husband to go to High Tea at the Ritz Carleton in Toronto.  Admittedly my Viking balked at the price and asked why we couldn’t have steak instead.  Because it’s not YOUR DAY was the reply he got from me.  Anyhow, I dragged his royal crankiness to the hotel and we were pleasantly surprised by how much food we were served as well as nice tea.

As a middle class citizen I felt like really a really awkward country bumpkin in this fancy hotel.  I probably did a dozen things wrong, such as using my fingers since I felt like the utensils were going to knock the food off the delicate trays.  I was really nervous at one point and my crumbs flew all over the place.  Yes, I resembled a nervous squirrel the whole time as I observed the chic ladies in their expensive suits, fine haircuts and manicured nails seated at the other tables.

Anyhow, if anyone else goes, this is what happens:

1) You start off by choosing which price point of high tea you want from the menu.  It ranged from $38-88 as the higher prices included alcohol.  We didn’t have any alcohol…

2) Next, the hostess will bring a box of teas, so you can select a tea of your choice – you are given bottles of loose tea leaves to sniff.  “How many people have sniffed this?” someone wondered at the table.  I chose a nice lavender Earl Grey with caffeine, a substance my Chinese doctor banned me from…oh well…

3) Tray 1 arrives with little sandwiches and quiches which surprised us.  We were expecting lots of sugar!  The open face egg salad sandwiches were really elegant and the mini smoked salmon croissant sandwiches were really good.

4) Tray 2 comes next with lots and lots of little cakes and cookies.  At this point I had been drinking tea with sugar and cream so I was already on a sugar high. “WOW!  MORE SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR!” I shrieked happily to my startled Viking who tried to calm me down.

5) Bday cake – we had brought this one along for my friend and the hotel kindly served it to us.  A Dufflet Chocolate Mousse cake was added to our sugar high!

Afterwards we didn’t even eat dinner as we were so stuffed!  It was interesting, but as a poor working person I would feel more comfortable at a pub than at the Ritz…some pics taken of the food that is now all gone below!

Hotel front entrance
Hotel front entrance
JFG and her Viking
JFG and her Viking
Tea Selection for sniffing
Tea Selection for sniffing
Savory sandwiches and scones!
Savory sandwiches and scones!
Sugar Sugar Sugar!  We were amused by the lemon things that looked like poop!
Sugar Sugar Sugar! We were amused by the lemon tarts that looked like poop!

 

 

 

 

Reflections On My First Radio Interview

Until I met my husband, I never listened much to the radio.  His family are huge fans of CBC radio and grew up with this station always on in the house.  My family has Chinese television on all the time instead.

Looking for different ways of promoting my Kickstarter campaign, I stumbled across Dr. Wright, a crowd funding guru who has a web tv and radio website.  She offered to do a quick interview with me for her radio podcast and I jumped at the chance.  There was no equipment to set up, which was nice and all I had to do was call into her LA radio station.  She had mentioned a few questions in her email so I wrote up answers for those, but in general I wasn’t sure what to expect!

It was a good experience overall as I learned a lot about what I didn’t know.  Such as how to answer questions properly when the host improvises.  I was really nervous, so that did not help things as I stumbled across my words like a drunken sailor.  In general now I know that I have to think harder about what messages I want to convey for my book, including themes, unique characteristics, cultural matters, etc.  My friend was surprised at all this.  “You wrote the damn thing, you should know everything!” He admonished.

Microphone, Microphone Stand, Karaoke, Speech, Mic

Writing is such a solitary, introverted activity that it feels odd to suddenly switch on an extrovert personality in order to explain what the heck you created.  As well, growing up in an Asian culture, tooting your horn is a bad thing and you never want to draw attention to yourself because you will appear to be a narcissist.  So generally, I find talking about my work and myself in a positive light hard to do as I grew up learning to do the opposite.  My husband says I’m the worst salesperson in the world as he listens to me degrade myself after receiving any good comments on my work.  He’s trying to train me to say “thank you” and not continue on to say anything bad afterwards, but it’s going to take a lot of effort on my part.

Here is the interview for those still interested, hopefully I’ll do better next time!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrightplacepodcast/2013/11/15/dr-wright-speaks-with-jf-garrard

 

 

Making Loch Ness: The Web Series, Q & A with Christina (Donna)

One day I received an email that I had a new Kickstarter backer for The Undead SorceressOdin’s Song Productions. What a cool name! After thanking them I checked their profile page and it turns out they have an awesome Kickstarter campaign going on for Loch Ness: The Web Series. So I gave them a kick back of support and asked them to tell me a bit more about this project.

This web series follows the journey of Donna, Joey, Kyle and Steve; four high school metal heads who dream of making it big with their folk metal band “Loch Ness”. But first, they need to figure out where to find a lead singer and survive overbearing parents, lack of funds as well as a bass player who manages to get it wrong more than right.

Based on a true story of a now defunct folk metal band from Omaha, Nebraska, the series is told through the lens of original Loch Ness band member, Christina. If you take a look at their Kickstarter video you will see that their production and lighting quality work are extremely professional. They have a great sense of humour as well!

We are going to have a conversation with Christina Marie Leonard who is the creator/writer, and plays Donna in this head banging series.

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Hi Christina, thank you for taking the time to do this Q & A with me as I know that you must be super busy with your Kickstarter campaign!

First, can you tell me a little bit about your role in this project? How did this project start?

CML: Thank you JF! Well, I am the writer of Loch Ness: The Web Series, and I will also be playing the character Donna who is the keyboardist of the band. I got the idea to write the series in March of 2013. I had gone back home to Nebraska to visit and while I was there I hung out with my friend Carl who was in the band with me and a lot of fun memories came flooding back. I had been going through a tough time in LA, so when I returned from my trip to Nebraska I really immersed myself in writing this series and it has become very close to heart.

Your goal for the Kickstarter is $10K which actually isn’t too crazy for video production projects. What do you hope to accomplish with the funds?

CML: Our goal of $10K is something we definitely believe is achievable, but there are a lot of expenses. We need the $10K for production insurance, locations, permits, food, gas, equipment, and costumes for the actors.

What is involved in the making of a web series? Is it as glamorous as people are led to believe? In general, a lot of video production looks great because only the perfect takes are shown and the many hours for a few seconds of work are not seen!

CML: Making a web series is definitely a huge thing to take on. The writing process in itself took several months of rewrites before I had something I was really happy with. Then getting a production team together and all the planning that goes into pre-production has taken a lot of time. It is all worth it, though- we have a project we all really believe in, and working with people I love being around makes those long hours seem not so long!

How were the cast members found? Is everyone from Nebraska? Do they really know how to play their instruments?

CML: We had some table reads early on during rewrites of the script, and brought in actors who were the right ages and types for the parts. Later on when we were casting, we asked those same people to read for us again, as well as having casting calls on LA Casting and CAZT.com.

We saw a lot of really great people and we ended up casting actors both from the casting calls we put out, and the pool of actors we knew from the table read. Of those actors, just myself and Chris Muckey, who is playing Joey, are from Nebraska, although ironically Chris and I did not know one another until we moved to California!

The characters are never seen close-up playing their instruments in the series- usually they are setting up or dismantling their equipment from a show- so we did not make it mandatory that the actors auditioning know the instruments their characters play. However, several of our cast members actually do know how to play guitar and/or drums which will likely open up fun opportunities for improv in the series.

In the story line, there is mention about finding a lead singer. What is involved in this and why is it so hard to keep a band together? What should people expect from this series? Is it a comedy and drama mix?

CML: The story line about finding a lead singer comes from the struggle that the real Nebraska band “Loch Ness” had with holding onto band members. It seemed like, at least when I was in high school, all the bands in the Nebraska music scene kept switching members.

With Loch Ness, it was usually just members not being interested enough, and being busy with other high school activities and dropping out. Once, though, our guitarist cancelled right before a show. It was our first show and I insisted we went on anyway, so Billy the drummer ended up playing guitar that night, and a drummer from the band “Talos” that was playing the show with us was just fantastic and learned the drum part for our set right before going on.

In the web series, most of the vocalists either quit or get kicked out because they get romantically involved with Donna… that may or may not be based on a true story as well. You can leave that up to the imagination! Overall, you should expect a lot of laughs- this series is definitely a comedy, in the vein of “Detroit Rock City”, “Empire Records” or one of my favorites, “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil”.

What has happened to the real Loch Ness band? How long did they exist and what venues did they play in? Do you still keep in touch with them?

CML: The real Loch Ness band broke up a few years when we all graduated high school. We played for the latter half of high school, Junior and Senior year, and we played in several venues around Omaha, NE- The Rock, Club Roxbury, Jacket’s Bar, Sokol Underground, and some smaller venues as well. It was hard to juggle acting in plays and be in a band at the same time, so when I was doing a month-long run of “The Crucible”, at the Omaha Community Playhouse, we could only play on Monday nights. Fortunately, my band members were really supportive of that, and we found a place called Shea O’Rileys that had shows every Monday night that worked perfectly for us!

I’ve kept in touch with the guitarist Carl ever since the band broke up, but lost touch with Billy, Matt, and Jason- the drummer, vocalist, and bass player for awhile. Fortunately, creating this web series has brought us back together. In fact, I recently did some interviews with all of them about their experiences in the band and what they look forward to in the web series. Billy’s interview is already available as an update on our kickstarter page and more will be coming soon!

This is the first time I’ve heard of “folk metal band”. Can you explain what this is?

CML: You’re not alone in being unfamiliar with folk metal. I didn’t know much about it until Billy involved me in the band. Basically, folk metal is a branch of heavy metal that stems from Viking metal. Folk metal originated in Europe in the 1990s. The lyrics usually talk about mythology, and there is often accordion, bagpipe, or some other folk instrument incorporated (or keyboards with settings to replicate that, like we had) to add that folk element to the heavy guitars and vocals.

Will there be original songs involved with this production?

CML: There will definitely be original songs involved in Loch Ness: The Web Series! We have several songs from the Nebraska “Loch Ness” band that will be used, and we are open and excited to collaborate with any metal artists that want to have their music in the series as well!

What is the story behind Odin’s Song Productions?

CML: Odin’s Song Productions consists of myself, Mijoe Sahiouni, Max Holm, Rachel Gunnerson, and Melanie Recker. Mijoe and Max both studied at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film with me at UNL in Nebraska.

Mijoe stage managed some of the shows I was in, and I directed and wrote many shows in college as well. I have always respected her directing style and professionalism and was excited to work with her in LA.

Max, a film major at UNL, directed me in his Thesis Film “Lilith”, a thriller, which was one of my favorite roles to play and a great experience. I became great friends with them both, and I knew I just had to involve them in “Loch Ness: The Web Series”. They were the first ones to jump onboard and help create Odin’s Song Productions.

Rachel is a really great writer who I met through Mijoe, and during the rewriting process of the series, she helped me a lot in making Loch Ness as funny and solid as it can be. I am so glad to have her onboard as a producer for the full run of the series.

Melanie is another Nebraskan who I did not officially meet until moving to LA. (However, we ran into each other several times at auditions in Omaha over the years thinking “hey, that girl looks familiar!”). Melanie is a great actress who is awesome at bringing people together- she has created several social media groups for that purpose, and actually was the first person to introduce me to Chris, who plays Joey. Melanie is producing several other projects as well as Loch Ness: The Web Series, and will be moving on once pre-production is over, but we are lucky to have her, as she has been an initial part in getting this thing off the ground!

Well, I’ve learned a lot from you about making a web series and I wish you and Odin’s Song Productions the best of luck on your Kickstarter! Please check out their fantastic project here and send in some support!

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Making your own virtual mixed tape to share

While reading tons of articles on how to make a successful kickstarter, I stumbled across a link for 8tracks.  Someone mentioned that this was an awesome way to share your music with the world.  8tracks is a site where you can upload your music and make a virtual mixed tape to share with the world!  Or like in the old days, you can use it to woo a beloved.  Uploading and listening is free!

Be warned, I was extremely frustrated with the uploading process and it turns out you can only upload 2 composer tracks per mix.  Also, it will reject any tracks with no identification data, such as .wma rips from a cd.  Although I listen to tons of Final Fantasy background music, because they were by the same composer, I could only share 2 songs in my mix.

Overall, it was fun to make something to share, so I put together music I listened to when I wrote The Undead Sorceress.  It’s all instrumental music because it helps me with writing.  When I listen to songs with people singing I start typing what they’re singing instead, so it’s terrible for my writing process.  The tracks are from Ashes of Time (movie), Game of Thrones (tv), Rurouni Kenshin (anime) and Final Fantasy (game).

Some of the music (Rurouni Kenshin) is a bit tense because these tracks were inspirational for writing sword fighting scenes.  I remember making a cd for someone with these tracks for her family’s restaurant thinking it sounded very Asian, but she said her customers would choke on the food because the music was so nerve wracking.

Please have a listen, click on album cover below and enjoy!

(Instructions – click link and press “play arrow”!  http://8tracks.com/jfgarrard/undead-sorceress-mix)

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The Undead Sorceress Mix List (31 min)

1. Ashes of Time, Yo Yo Ma, Ashes of Time Redux (movie)
2. Main Title, Ramin Djawadi, Game of Thrones (tv)
3. Liberi Fatali, Nobuo Uematsu, Finaly Fantasy VIII (game)
4. Hitenmitsurugiryu – Amakakeruryu No Hirameki, Noriyuki Asakura, Rurouni Kenshin (anime)
5. The Will, Samurai X Rurouni Kenshin movie, Taku Iwasaki (anime)
6. The Last Wolf Suite – Shishio Makoto No Kumikyoku, Noriyuki Asakura, Rurouni Kenshin (anime)
7. Blue Fields, Shinko Ogata, Final Fantasy VIII (game)
8. In Memories: A Boy Meets the Man, Samurai X Rurouni Kenshin movie, Taku Iwasaki (anime)

 

Kickstarter Fever

It’s been about 12 days since my Kickstarter started and it seems to be going well with 56% funding. However, it wasn’t the fairy tale I had dreamed of – the majority of donors are my friends and family, about 90% at this point. There hasn’t been a massive onslaught of people tripping over each other to donate to my campaign.

Kicktraq, an estimator of campaigns, seems to think I’ll go over my goal, but I don’t really believe this as I’m a cynic and there are too many unknown variables. It’s still a great page to visit as it has all my updates to my project in one place. Sort of like an organized stalker. You can see the neat chart it compiled for my project here.

I was also surprised by the amount of work required to keep this Kickstarter going. Foolishly, I had signed up for National Novel Writing month and instead of writing the next book, I find myself fretting over potential Kickstarter failure. Out of a survey of 7,196 Kickstarter projects, 56% fail.

 

Keeping the message of this campaign alive is important because your friends and family have other things on their mind and supporting your campaign is the least of their worries. So you try to keep your message alive by doing a number of things in order for new people (aka strangers) to discover your project. And also try not to be damn annoying at the same time or you’ll appear desperate! So successfully selling is really not selling…which is an art in itself!

These are the things I’ve done so far with a  links which can help others.  To be honest, I’ve lost track of more places where I posted as I have been very tired lately.  There were a few long shot things I also filled in online forms for such as CNN, Ellen show, Global TV and Oprah.  Heck, a girl can try, right?!

1. Write a PR release – the lesson I learned here is that sometimes they don’t go anywhere. I wrote to many reporters (looked up contact info at different newspapers sites ranging from Toronto Star to New York Times to Asian ones) as well with this PR release, but alas, there are many other stories more compelling than your kickstarter or your book. But at least I can say I did this and learned how to write one. My PR release can be found here.

Where to send PR releases for free: PR.com, Crowdfunding PR, PR Inside, Press Release Ping, 1-888 Press Release, Free Press Release

2. Do lots of social media – tweet by the hour. A friend said this was spamming, but he has never used twitter. Have you seen how fast the feeds go? I follow over 1000 accounts and having 1 tiny message will rarely be seen unless your followers are truly looking for your feeds. Facebook is another place I post lots of messages. How do you do all this, you ask? It’s not a secret, there is software available which you can load all your messages and schedule its release because you might be in a meeting when the message is released. Hootsuite software has been a lifesaver for me.

3. Post on pages and forums – there are lots of crowd sourcing sites and forums online which you can post your project to let people know of what you are doing. Keep in mind you are one out of a thousand projects running. I also posted on fantasy book forums which allows for kickstarter posts/advertising, otherwise they will delete your message. With some reluctance I put something on reddit but I was scared because it’s a double edged sword. People that hate someone on this site really go on an all out rampage of destruction and that scares me.

Sites & forums: Crowd Funding Forum, Google + Crowd Strategy and Information, Reddit Kickstarter forum, Google + Kickstarter Supporters and Campaigns, Google + Crowdfunding Hub, FantasyFiction forum

4. Plan a party – since mostly friends and family are my supporters, heck, let’s just party and enjoy ourselves! Any excuse to get together is great in my books!

5. Look for internet radio blog opportunities – I found out you can pay to be on an online radio blog. Timing is difficult as a Kickstarter doesn’t run that long. But I will try to get onto at least one so at least I can have a cool recording for permanent use. It is difficult to find stats on some of these internet radio sites which makes me wonder if anyone is listening. For $25 USD, I thought it was worth a try.

6. Read about successful campaigns – people who have made lots and lots of money on Kickstarter are very lucky. The people that did well did lots of work communicating with the world via all the things I’ve already mentioned and were lucky enough to get attention. It boils down to either having generous friends, online supporters or good timing with the media.

Best compilation of tips from successful campaigns and what they did: Incredibly detailed lessons learned list here, A detailed post by someone who did a book campaign

So is all this work going to pay off? I’m not sure. My mommy says she’ll help out in the end, which is embarrassing but I might let her help me if I make it to 90% and support comes to a halt! Stay tuned!

Deciding if you want to publish ebook or print?

While looking for a formatter to help me finish off The Undead Sorceress, I met a formatter who kept asking me why I wanted to do print books. He only worked on e-books and I don’t blame him, formatting print books is a nightmare as I started to read a manual on how to do it. Very complicated stuff.

He kept saying that I didn’t need to do print books. But since I go to so many conventions, I do need some print books to either sell or give away to people.

I decided to look into this a bit as I was curious and wanted to make an informed decision.

Everyone says e-books are growing, it’s going to take over the world, etc, but is it really true?

As a reader myself, I don’t like digital screens very much. I like curling up in a sofa or in bed with a paperbook as I like the texture of paper. It’s an eyeball problem for me as well, because some reason I can’t look at screens for too long. I probably have some disease that I should check myself out for, but I’m a busy person and lazy hypochondriac.

According to Price Waterhouse Cooper’s stats, worldwide revenue for books went down a bit for consumer and educational books from US$101.7bn in 2008 to US$101.6bn in 2012. Ohhh…how scary…

Depending on the subject, print book growth was flat or declining, but e-books are on the rise, accounting for 9% of books sold in 2012 and projected to take 22% of the market by 2017.

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The majority of e-book readers live in North America and will account for 38% of e-book sales by 2017. In EMEA, e-books will account for 17% of sales, in Asia Pacific 15% and Latin America 6% by 2017. There’s a long report here for anyone wanting to read more.

Conclusion? Print books are not dead, but still alive at the moment. The invasion of e-books is occurring slower than I thought. Someone should make a movie with books as weapons and then the consequences of not having enough books or something about e-book tablets not being able to kill the monsters. Just a random thought…

Overall, what this means is that I would want to offer both print and e-books. This also means paying more for this work as file formats are not the same for e-book and print. I really don’t want to have an obituary that reads “went insane and died while reading formatting manuals” so I will gladly fork over some cash for this service!