The second book in the Thailand’s Sickest series has been released and is doing pretty well at Amazon, Apple, and other online marketplaces. There are links to buy it at the bottom of this page.
Hell To Pay came out of nowhere, as a guy emailed me about the first book, and I didn’t know what to make of his email. He seemed a bit too interested in me, and I was wondering whether he might be psychotic. I cranked out the entire book in just a couple of months because the story basically wrote itself. It’s fiction, and yet there are some elements of truth woven within the pages. See if you guess what is fiction and what is true.
If you’re enjoying this series, let me know through email what you liked or didn’t. I’m considering a third book in the series, and I’ve had some great responses from readers of the first two books. I could always use more feedback.
Note – this second book – Hell To Pay – is only available at Amazon for the moment.
Read reviews and buy one or both books at Amazon (click).
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SALE – full-length fiction novel. Get it at Amazon here.
UPDATE – the book is now finished and available here: 50 Ways to Make Money While Living Overseas (Click)
A new book is on the horizon, it is about 80% finished, and will require another couple weeks to finish and polish.
50 Ways to Make Money While Living Overseas, by Jon Green will give expats in Thailand, and across the globe, fifty viable ways to make money from wherever they are. Originally it was going to be 25 Ways… then it was going to be 100 Ways… finally it was settled at 50 quality ideas that should help most people make some more cash if they are overseas, or considering moving overseas and want to earn some money while they are there.
If you are considering moving to Thailand, or Southeast Asia, or some other place – have a look at the free sample for this book when we get it posted here – and see if you think it might help you make more cash while you are living abroad.
There are many people that just don’t understand the whole eBook concept yet. I’ll explain it as best I can here. It isn’t difficult. It doesn’t require a lot of money. Actually, you can read eBooks for much less money, and with much less effort required to read a paper book.
If you are traveling to Thailand, and you landed here at this page – I’ll go over in-depth what is required to find, purchase, and read eBooks.
EBooks are great for many reasons – one of which is they are cheaper than paper books. They are cheaper to make. They are cheaper to mass produce and distribute. They are usually, and should always be, cheaper to buy. Some authors and publishers – the big names – are refusing to drop prices of their eBooks. They have very little expense in producing them without having to worry about printing and distributing ebooks – but, they are greedy and are still charging over $10 USD for one book. It’s absurd. It’s ridiculous. It offers those of us that are not big name writers – a chance to break into the ebook market, which is what we’ve done.
EBooks are “Electronic Books”. Instead of paper, books are created digitally on a word processor in a computer or other device. Almost always a computer, though in Japan they sometimes create entire full-length books on their phones. Insane – right?! I don’t know any Thailand writers doing this, and I don’t think we’ll see it anytime soon either.
EBooks are usually created in Word format, or some other standard, and are converted to other formats so they can be easily read on electronic devices. Thailand is like the rest of the world – we have desktop and notebook computers, we have Apple.co.th online, and Apple stores in Bangkok, Phuket, and even Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand’s northeast – Isaan region.
Different electronic eReaders – read different types of files. If you see an ebook for sale, you need to know what format it is being offered in so you can know – will it be able to be read on your particular device – or not?
Here at Thailand EBooks – we offer the major formats – PDF, .Epub, .Mobi and a couple of others. Nearly all ebooks are formatted in one of the three formats just mentioned. Any computer with the “Reader” application from adobe.com can read PDF files. Probably your smartphone can read PDF files. It is not a very nice file to use to read a book, because a PDF is basically an image file. Books should be in a text format to be read easily. This is why Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and other major ebook retailers – use one of the best text formats available: Epub or Mobi.
You can search for eBooks in Thailand using Google. Type in Thailand eBooks and see what happens. You see our site near the top, or at the top. We have a small collection of Thailand focused books, that are selling well. We’ve put a lot of time into them and we have more coming out. We are adding new Thailand authors as time goes by, and we are building up to be a much larger shopping place for ebook hunters looking for fiction and non-fiction about Thailand’s people, places, and things. Guidebooks are something we’re looking to add soon.
You can buy a book on our site by clicking the buy, or add to cart, buttons. You can pay with your credit card using Paypal. It’s easy and you will get a download link quickly so you can get your book and read it with whatever device (ereader) you have.
If, for whatever reason, you realize you ordered the wrong format for the eReader you have – no worries, just write us and let us know – we’ll check your order and send you the correct file. Help is just a minute away. Usually we can send your eBook instantly through email.
Which eReader to choose?
This is an often asked question. Many readers are bewildered by the whole affair and some just stick with paperback books because they know them and it’s a no-brainer.
There are many eReaders to choose from – but the best is probably your phone. Phone displays are increasing in size, the world finally realizing that a 3.8 inch display is too small to do much with. The new Galaxy Note II has a 5.5″ display. It’s almost a tablet. Personally, we love the size because it IS almost a tablet, and yet it is much smaller and the resolution is gorgeous. The price is the same as a tablet, and you can use it as a mobile phone too. No need to carry mobile phone AND tablet in Thailand when you have the Galaxy Note I or II. You can add Kindle or Nook (Barnes & Noble) eReader software to your smart phone like the Note, Galaxy Tab, iPhone, or other high-end device and get a good reading experience without carrying around a tablet computer too. If you like the tablet format, you can install the software there too – no problem.
If you don’t want to bring a tablet or mobile phone to Thailand – just install the eReader software of your choice on your notebook computer. The new MacBook Air 11 or 13″ ultrabook computers are nothing short of amazing, and will give you 5-7 hours of eReading on a single battery charge. Personally, we use the Lenovo E125 – available only in Asia – and we get 9 hours. The computer was $500! Cheap!
There are many options for reading ebooks as you travel through Thailand, and all of Asia or wherever you end up. You can store hundreds or thousands of eBooks on your eReader. With Kindle you can even send documents to your Kindle software program, whether you have the hardware Kindle you bought at the Amazon store, or you’re using Kindle on your phone, computer, or tablet as software. You right click a file and say – “Send to Kindle”. It sends it to your device. How cool is that? It’s what we use for sending anything we want to save a copy of, or read later, to our phone. Currently we use an HTC One V phone and reading eBooks is easy here in Thailand using that phone. The phone is half the price of an iPhone, but does everything the iPhone does – and better.
If you are considering a trip to Thailand – bring your mobile phone prepared with the latest software from Kindle (the best, we think) – and load up on books set in Thailand here at Thailand EBooks. Tell your friends. Email us with any questions.
Best of luck,
Today free – go to ThaiPulse.com and look at the top right link – free book.
Living in Thailand
What is it like to move from the west and live in Thailand?
One man’s account of moving from America to Thailand in 2004 and what he found when he arrived.
“Living in Thailand” has many photos and is now 104 pages long.
We’ve received excellent feedback on this eBook already. In 2006 it was released as a free eBook of 47 pages. After 34,000+ downloads the author has fleshed it out and added photos.
All the response we’ve had about this eBook is that it’s an exceptional read and gives a good introduction to what it’s like living in Thailand for a western expat coming to live or vacation in the Land of Smiles.
From the book:
The “f – it” attitude is important. As an American I think we have less of it than perhaps some other cultures. In school we were made to be good. It was not a democracy in the classroom. We didn’t just get rowdy as an entire class if we all felt like it. And I find it hard to believe that we EVER got as loud as a classroom of Thai kids when they get going. Picture 45 kids mainlining liquid crack via Intravenous during the class right before yours.
In Isaan one time I had lunch with some top administrators from the department of education… the first thing the top guy ordered was some rice bugs for appetizer. Oh, and some beer for everyone. There is no stigma attached to those that order beer at lunch time here in Thailand. Even among teachers! It’s normal. It’s easy to get used to also…
From the “First Time for Everything List”, another 40 are listed in the book:
- 1st time I saw thin persons outnumber chubby, heavy, obese people.
- 1st time I saw pretty or acceptable girls outnumber ugly or undesirable girls.
- 1st time I ate bugs. (rice bugs, crickets, grasshoppers, ant larvae, hellgrammites, giant Chinese cockroaches, silkworm larvae, and scorpions (which landed me in the emergency room!)
- 1st time I ate such spicy food (yum woonsen) that I sweat profusely, felt violently ill, and recovered within an hour.
- 1st time I had diarrhea more than 10 days.
- 1st time I saw a fight where a guy was cut in the stomach with a broken bottle and then his head was kicked and bottles were bounced off his face after he was unconscious. He died. So, first time I saw a murder too.
- 1st time I threw water at people and had water thrown at me for 24 hours over a 3-day period. (Songkran)
- 1st time I saw ladyboys that WERE prettier than girls.
- 1st time I spent less than 50 cents USD for breakfast and lunch and less than $1.00 USD for dinner.
- 1st time I slept on a tile floor; a concrete floor; a hard bed; a wooden couch.
- 1st time I had my crotch grabbed by anyone other than a woman.
- 1st time I’ve eaten black beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, silk worm larvae, queen red ant larvae, giant Chinese cockroach, and a huge Scorpion (which landed me in the hospital overnight).
As with all of our eBooks you can choose which format to download in – you always receive the PDF version of our books because it’s one format preserves photos. This ebook, in particular, has many high-quality photos you’ll want to see.
Here is a sample PDF with some excerpts from “Living in Thailand”, click image:
We have unpublished the book at Amazon. Please have a look at VernLovic.com for more books.
Vern Lovic, writing as “Mike Fook,” has been selling the heck out his eBooks on Amazon lately. If you check the bestselling list after searching the Kindle ebook store for “Thailand” you’ll find that he has two books already in the top 10. One is at position 8, the other at 10.
John Burdett, who wrote Bangkok 8, has a number of books in the top 10. Shows that there are few authors that have any decent books to offer the ebook readers. Not to say his work is no good – I’ve read no more than the sample chapters. John writes in a way I don’t enjoy reading – and from a perspective that doesn’t jive with what I like. Still – THOUSANDS of people like how he writes and he’s the top writer. For now.
The eBook market has the potential to change everything. There are writers today – book writers – traditional book writers – that enjoy being top dog. They’re going to be replaced in some cases. Obliterated in others.
Currently – taking into account all online channels – Mike Fook is selling over 25 books per day. John Burdett prices his books (rather, his publisher does!) at the insane price of $14.99 in some cases for the EBOOK! Nuts.
If you are a new author and you want to write a book about some aspect of Thailand – WRITE IT NOW. Get it out of your head and into your computer as fast as you can. New authors this year – who crank out a few books per year (10?) can be firmly established when the ebook revolution takes hold and kills the last remaining holds outs (paperback readers).
In 2005 Joy set about to create an eBook of authentic Thai recipes she’d learned growing up with her mother and aunts teaching her in their modest home.
After editing and adding photos Joy’s Thai Food Recipe book became the most sought after Thai Food eBook on the planet within 6-months. Today she sells her eBooks through a number of affiliates and partnerships and we’re lucky to have her agree to sell her eBooks here too!
Joy’s Thai Food Recipe EBook contains:
- 101 Colorfully Illustrated Food Pages – featuring tastiest Thai food dishes.
- 50 Thai Favorite Recipes!
- Step by Step instructions for Cooking all Recipes!
- Joy’s Personal Touch – short stories about growing up in Thailand related to cooking Thai food.
Thailand Fiction Books – Best Selling
There will be some big revisions, re-writes really, of some of the Thailand fiction books (eBooks) for sale. It has been a while since I’ve looked at Moving to Thailand, Thailand Black Book, Living in Thailand and some others. Will get those done before the end of the year.
Moving to Thailand – the only real criticism of the Thailand fiction book readers made known was that it didn’t cover enough of the negative. That’s what Thailand Black Book was focused on, so I didn’t think to add it to Moving to Thailand too. Will do that though. I realize not everyone reads both books.
Living in Thailand started out as a long article on ThaiPulse.com and I turned it into a book. It’s a story of how I met a good Thai girl in Thailand. Might just change the title and make it more like a book. Then, will also do a book, “Living in Thailand” and make it true to the title.
Thailand Black Book is pretty right on. I added some photos of dangerous snakes and other beasties to the book, and some people go all bent out of shape about that. Others called the book too negative. I think I’ll leave the negativity and the snake photos in there, as well as add a lot of other things I’ve thought about over the past few years since that book was released.
If you have a book about Thailand coming out and you want to sell it on this site – run it by me first and I’ll let you know if I’ll sell it. I tend to only want to sell on this site books I like personally. There are many topics I don’t want to sell here. Anyway, run it by me and I’ll let you know if I can sell it or not.
Best of luck to Thailand writers that are struggling to produce something readable, entertaining, and with some longevity to it. It’s a very difficult task – writing good books. I don’t think I’ve written a really good one yet, and I’ve been trying for years. Maybe in 2018?
I’ve been considering for over a year doing reviews of Thailand fiction here at this site, and possibly at one of my other sites. What I’ve found is that fiction set in Thailand tends to be one main style. Detective stories. These are the old writers that have been doing it for decades. There is a market for it. There was nothing else to read for years. God I hate traditional detective stories. I don’t know why I can ‘t read them, I must have read too many when I was younger.
So, long story short, I can’t possibly start reading the detective stories some of the old-timers are putting out. I just can’t force myself to do it. I won’t name names, but you could guess.
Are there other fiction stories I could review?
I looked at about twenty different writers, hoping to find some that I enjoyed reading so I could read a bunch of books and get some reviews up here. I can’t find many I like at all. I think writers are like that, but I’m some sort of special breed. I don’t like much of anything except what I and my friends write. Maybe that was the catalyst behind starting to write my own fiction set in Thailand. I love the hell out of my books.
Isn’t that the way most authors are? I’d rather sit down and re-read one of my books I put a couple hundred hours into because I will be doing two things. One, I’ll be enjoying my story. Two, I’ll be editing it for the upteenth time and making it better as I update it afterward.
If it isn’t detective stories, it’s an “I banged this many girls in Thailand and fell in love with a bargirl in Pattaya!” story. Yeah, exciting, that’s mind-blowing. Can’t wait to read all 120 pages.
That’s another thing, half the writers are cranking out 100 pages and calling that a fiction novel. What happened to 250+ page books? Maybe that’s too long now with eBooks. Maybe the attention span of readers has dwindled a bit and 30,000 words is the new 80-90,000. Maybe it is.
Here’s another thing – there are Thailand writers that keep cranking out the SAME detective stories time after time after time. Same boring characters, settings, and piss-poor plots. If they changed it up a bit, I’d be able to get through a book. I just see the same characters and I can’t even get past the free sample at Amazon. Thank god for the free sample idea for ebooks or I’d be wasting truckloads of money on books I’ll never read.
There is a reader demographic that the old-time writers are writing for. They are still writing for them. They are writing for the old-time expats that are in their 60’s and 70’s and that have little to do all day but read fiction books. I won’t be targeting this group, and I really hope Thailand gets a fresh bunch of expats in over the next few years so I have more readers.
Instead of talk about who I think absolutely sucks and who doesn’t – I’ll not say anything bad about anyone directly. Let it suffice to say that there is a new crop of writers in Thailand coming up, and I like about a handful of them. The plots are different. The main characters are different. Nobody is a detective. Nobody works on the police force. Nobody is a dumbass expat that comes to Thailand to dip himself into all the wet spots.
Do you want to volunteer any new up and coming writers that you really enjoy reading?
If you are considering moving overseas on a limited budget, a pension, whatever fixed-income source you have, and you are concerned about being able to make a little (or a lot) more money while you are living abroad – this book has 50 answers that may work for you.
What would you pay to be able to get out of teaching and continue to live in Thailand?
Teaching is the usual way foreigners coming to Thailand for a short or long-term stay. Many teachers try teaching in Thailand for a term, maybe a year, and decide – it’s definitely not for them.
What to do then?
Before you quit your teaching job read this book. In it author Mike Fook outlines 50 ways to make money in Thailand, or wherever you are with an internet connection – so you can support yourself. Most of the suggestions are for online projects – but, don’t let that scare you. Mike lays it out for you completely if it’s possible to do it in a chapter, or, refers you to exactly the right place to learn the skills you need to have to make enough money to get out of teaching.
So, what would you pay to know about a project you can start today and build up in a short time so you’re earning enough money to stop teaching?
I think most teachers – if they were seriously looking for an ‘out’ of teaching and a solution that would take care of them for a year or ten – would pay 9990 baht – about $300 USD.
I started out with the goal of getting published – a paperback book, I thought, would be the ultimate ego boost. At least until the movie was made… After looking into it more and asking myself what was more important, money or fame? I came to the conclusion – money is more important. Money is far more important.
The publishing contracts authors sign with traditional paperback book publishers are quite restrictive on present and future acts. For instance, most paperback publishers will insist they own the digital rights to your book content as well – for distribution! Meaning, if you write a book, sign a contract with Bangkok Books, or Asia Books, Lotus Books, whichever company – you are probably signing away your digital rights to market your OWN book on the internet on your site, eBay, Amazon, anywhere.
In order to sell your book online your publisher must sell it for you… which results in a pittance of an income for you – regardless how many eBooks they sell. Not only that, many publishers don’t have agreements with Amazon or other major distribution channels – so, your digital ebooks go nowhere. This very important channel goes unused because traditional book publishing companies are not excited about eBooks – nor are they set up to sell eBooks.
Wouldn’t you rather retain all the rights to your written works?
I decided a year ago that I wanted all the rights. Similar to music industry performers that are tired of selling an entire music CD and making a dollar… I want to retain as much money and rights to distribution of my own material as possible.
Not only this – but, I want to help other authors retain their rights by giving them an outlet for their digital ebooks here at ThailandeBooks.com.
Sign on here and you’ll give up nothing of your rights – we’re just another outlet that you allow to market and sell your ebooks for a commission. You might sell your ebook 50 other places online as well. You might self-publish your book in paperback form on your own as you make enough money from ebook sales to do so. Or, you might give up caring about selling a paperback book.
Ebooks are more than just another way to get your book out there – ebooks are here now – and give authors the chance to retain all rights to their content in the present and the future.
Do you have books already written about Thailand or Asia topics that you couldn’t find a publisher to publish? If you’re a writer based in Thailand – of course you have. It’s very difficult to match up a story with a publisher and actually go through and get published. It’s an exercise in futility often times.
Now you have an outlet for these books – assuming they are decent books and will have an audience – sell them here and everywhere else you possibly can sell them online.
Joy’s second Thai food ebook – this one,
the Top 20 Thai Desserts eBook!
Inside Joy’s Thai Desserts Recipes eBook You’ll find:
- 42 Colorful Illustrated Pages – packed with photos.
- 20 of Thailand’s TOP, and most favorite Thai Desserts!
- Step-by-Step instructions for Cooking each delicious dessert!
- Joy’s Personal Stories about making these desserts at home! (priceless!)
- Easily Printable – so you can take the dessert recipes to your kitchen!
- Adobe PDF and many other file formats – read this eBook with your computer, Kindle, Nook, Sony reader, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, etc.
TODAY just (in re-write)
If you just want to buy now and don’t need a cart choose this button below to order Joy’s Top 20 Thai Desserts Ebook… Even if you aren’t the best cook in your circle of friends – these simple Thai dessert recipes will make you seem like an absolute pro. Joy’s simple way of showing you how to cook the most delicious dessert recipes Thailand has to offer will have you cooking like a pro in very little time. Try it! We’ll bet you can’t stop! Don’t miss Joy’s other Thai food recipe eBook:
Joy’s Thai Food Recipes Ebook – with 50 authentic Thai recipes from Thailand’s traditional northeast.
FLASHBACK (from Dec 2009)
The impending Apple tablet could come in so many variations that I’m bound to be disappointed. I want the tablet to have it ALL: Ereader, HD movie player, mp3 player, speakers, etc.
Specifically, as a bare minimum here’s what I want the upcoming Apple iSlate, iPad, iGOD product to do:
- Read PDF’s well. PDF’s have the best graphics and readability – now, just create something that works with it – do not make a new proprietary format.
- It should read all ebook formats and work with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and anyone else that offers ebooks for sale online.
- Have a 10-inch touchscreen with a full-size haptic touch keypad that works as well as my Nokia 5800 Xpress Music phone. Handwriting recognition should work very well.
- Play HD 1080 and 720 flash, .mov, .avi, .wmv, .anything with built in speakers.
- Have a built-in microphone so I can use it for VOIP on SKYPE and give it verbal commands it understands. I don’t like the stupid earphones w/mic contraption.
- Have a 3MP camera for video chats. A good stand that comes with it for free.
- It should serve as an extra monitor for my notebook by plugging it into a USB port anytime I want.
- Have BlueTooth, WIFI, EDGE, 3G, 4G.
- Enable me to replace the battery.
That’s about it. We’ll see what it actually has when it comes out – supposedly it will be announced in January and start shipping about March 2010.
If the new Apple tablet has the above functionality – would you buy it? What else would you want to have it do?
2018 Update – It’s hilarious I wrote that in 2009. Today is 2018. We have a hundred different tablet computers – they’re all amazing, some doubling as full computers when Bluetooth keyboard is attached. Amazing changes in 9 yrs.
(photo credit: flickr.com user – ndeviltv)
The first part to this question is simple – yes, ebooks are selling very well in Thailand, and have been over the past two years. Though I have rarely seen someone carrying around a dedicated ereader like the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes and Noble “Nook”, I have seen quite a few people with tablet computers. How many of them have Kindle software installed so they can use them to read books directly from Amazon – I have no idea, but probably a good percentage of them, meaning somewhere around 20%.
That’s a guess – of course.
I usually see eReaders at the train station and airports. I don’t hang around Thailand bus stations, having not taken a bus in 6 years in this place, but they are probably there too. Usually it is foreigners visiting the country that have the Kindles. I think many people read Thailand ebooks on their iPhones and other smart phones in which they just install the eReader software for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & N Nook, etc. I have the Kindle software for Android installed on my HTC One V phone, and it works well. I don’t have many options with it, but it’s decent enough to use for reading Thailand books or whatever else I’ve downloaded from Amazon.
There is another thing you can do once you have the Kindle software installed on your phone – even from here in Thailand. You can get the “Send to Kindle” software program that you install on your computer. Once installed you can right click a file (in Windows) and choose “Send to Kindle”. You choose a couple options and whammy – the file is sent directly to your Kindle, or the phone you have set up with the Kindle software. Cool huh? I use it to send PDFs, Text files, Word Docs and other stuff. It works very well and is super convenient. If you are living in, or visiting Thailand or anywhere in Southeast Asia and want to take things to read – this works well before you leave home, or even when you’re on the road and don’t want to fire up your notebook or tablet computer – you can just read on your phone, saving the battery of your other devices.
Now, at this point – Thais are not reading many eBooks. I have never seen a Thai with a dedicated eBook reader. I don’t expect to for another couple of years. There just aren’t many eBooks in Thai language out there. The numbers are increasing, but, it will be years before it is significant. You might want to tell your significant other – if Thai, or Thai friend – to get started now and write eBooks in Thai for consumers to buy later as it picks up in Thailand and Southeast Asia. There must be a good number of Thais turned American that would love to read some Thai books… I wonder how big that market would be worldwide.
Thailand ebooks are selling exceptionally well online – I can fully vouch for that. Here at our site we have Thailand fiction and non-fiction, guidebooks mostly, to help readers accomplish something if they are coming to Thailand.
If you are an author with a book about Thailand and you have the rights to sell it online – meaning, you haven’t given the rights away to a publisher… contact us and we’ll see if it is a good match for ThailandEBooks.com. We give 70% of commissions to authors, like Amazon. We don’t ask for any exclusivity – you can sell your books anywhere you choose.
If you have a favorite Thailand author whose books you would like to see here – contact us in that case too and let us know.
Best of luck to you –
We have a few channels where we sell eBooks – and it’s quite clear by sales lately that the ebook world is taking off like a rocket-ship.
Sales have increased at least 30% month over month for almost a year now. That’s pretty nice growth. The end is nowhere in sight – as most people are still reading paperback books. Imagine when that changes and people finally throw away their paperback books and go for eBooks. EBook authors will be rejoicing – while those stuck in contracts with paperback publishers will be crying in their Cheerios.
Currently we have 14 books for sale at Amazon’s Kindle Store – and here at ThailandEbooks.com. We are selling over 400 books per month online. No paper. No postal service.
If you have been thinking about jumping into Ebook publishing -now is the time. Get started today and don’t look back. The future is eBooks – not paperback books.
Here in Thailand I know about a dozen authors and wanna-be-authors that are writing Thailand fiction, and about their experiences in Thailand. If you are a writer, there is a lot to do after you write the book. Editing, artwork, and publishing, whether creating eBooks or paperbooks, you will need to take care of these crucial steps. Established
parasites publishers are still hanging around – they didn’t disappear off the face of the planet – yet. It’s all going that way, in 5 years there will be few that are in business any more. There are many reasons for that.
From my own point of view – I don’t care to publish paperback books, even if it means more money (and it does, I have 25 books published digitally). I just don’t like the idea of paper books.
Have I read paperback books in the past? Yep, there was no alternative. Do I read them now? No, not at all. The ebook revolution has given us an alternative to creating wasteful paper books to read. The new Kindle Paperwhite ereader is better than books printed on paper in so many ways. Need a bigger font? Increase the size of the font on the Kindle. Want to change the contrast of the epaper and “ink”? Change it. Want to read in bed with the lights turned off? Use the light in the Kindle. Turn pages with a simple tap on the right side of the eBook page.
What is strange to me is that it took this long for the eBook idea to get going. We had computer screens capable of offering eBook reading back before the Apple Newton tablet arrived. I had one of those back in 1996 I think it was. It took 10 more years before eBooks really took hold.
Now it is here and there are many writers that want to try their hand at writing books. In the Thailand market I know a handful of new writers that have made the effort and went ahead and published ebooks at Amazon, or through some other means.
Comparing creating your own ebook with publishing through a traditional publisher, it looks something like this:
Do It Yourself:
- You write the book.
- Find an editor. From Thailand or wherever you are – use the internet. Best to go to writers that are currently producing their own ebooks, and see who they use and recommend.
- Find a cover artist or create it yourself – much better to find an artist that does it for a living. You should be able to get a decent cover for $100. Some graphic artists are charging $350 per cover! It is outrageous, and the covers aren’t any better than someone could do with $100. The simple graphics needed to do cover art can be done by a high-school student. Find a student you want to employ – and help them on their way to a bright career.
- You decide the final product in every way.
- You either upload the Word version directly to Amazon yourself (can do from Thailand or anywhere with internet connection), or, go through someone like Smashwords.com to do it. It is not difficult once you have the prior activities completed.
- Give Amazon a way to pay you. Linking your bank account makes it fast and avoids checks. You get paid monthly, the current delay is 2 months from the time a book is sold, to the time it arrives in your bank account. If you are writing in southeast Asia – do not get the check, if at all possible. Checks are slow to reach you, slow to clear your bank (we wait 60 days sometimes), and sometimes they bounce because the banks don’t know what they’re doing. We have had about 8 Amazon.com checks bounce after depositing them in Thailand. Not so good for your relationship with your bank, or the $50 they charge for each bounce.
- You own all rights to your ebook. You can assign those rights any way you choose. You own those rights for eternity. You can give your books to your children, along with all the rights, so they can collect royalties on your books – in full – after you die.
Use a Publisher:
- You write the book.
- Your publisher will assign an editor. He/she may be good, or suck. There is nothing you can do about it. The editor might want to revise your book drastically – and you will have to rewrite small or large sections of your book to make someone else happy. Sometimes a book doesn’t resemble the original after the editing process.
- Your publisher will assign a graphics person to create your cover. Quite often they will have the rights to choose what is even ON the cover. The final product is not up for your disapproval. You are at the whim of the publisher, and they are cranking out many new books – not just yours. You are a number with a publisher.
You decide the final product in every way.Through a collaborative effort with someone you don’t know, maybe don’t like or approve of – you will come up with a final product – “your” book.
- The publisher will distribute your book through channels it has, or, more likely – will just put your book on Amazon in paperback, and then format it for ebook release as well. You as author will likely have no say about where your book is released, or how much it will sell for. Amazon takes 30% of sales. Your publisher will probably take more than that. You’ll be left with something ludicrous to feed your family with. It will not resemble in any way, what you could have done on your own.
- Royalty checks are slow in coming. The accounting methods some publishers use are impossible to figure out.
- You own some rights to your book, those that haven’t been signed away in your agreement with the publisher. When you die, the publisher probably retains the rights to sell your book – and will continue to take commission before giving checks to whomever you assigned as a benefactor.
Don’t give away your rights to sell the book on your own. Most that care about this issue have already given away their own right to sell their books online – to their publisher. If you haven’t yet, by all means DON’T.
There are really only a couple more things to think about when doing it all yourself:
1. Finding a good editor you like.
2. Finding a good cover artist.
That’s basically it. Any monkey can fill out the submission data needed for Amazon or Smashwords release.
If you want to write books in Thailand, Philippines, anywhere in the world – do the work yourself. Once you find an editor and a cover artist – you don’t have to worry about that any more. Sure it may take a few tries to find someone you like, but at least you can do that and you are not stuck with whomever the publishing company assigns to do your book.
Disclaimer: I’ve not used a traditional publisher in the past. The points above are taken from what I’ve read from authors that have used publishers for years, and became dissatisfied with the process. They now publish their own books digitally and are much happier with the new system.
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