Jumping Into the Electronic Publishing Pool

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Dear Reader:

More and more I see people reading books and magazines on electronic reading devices, and I’ve spent a few hours here and there looking at Nooks and Kindles and researching how to download (or upload?) electronic books from the Portland Public Library. I’ve browsed the selections of ebooks on Amazon and digital publishers like The Wild Rose Press. I’ve tried to wrap my brain around self-publishing in a digital format, have read articles claiming it is either the best thing going for newbies or it is just one more way to find yourself floundering around with few readers, no marketing plan to speak of, and a big batch of disappointment.

So, when a friend of mine sent me a link to a Lulu.com short story contest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about publishing the story digitally on their website in order to enter the contest. Because I needed a project, I finally just jumped in and wrote the story. Next I paddled around the publishing site, trying to figure out how the whole process worked. Finally I worked up the nerve to start the publishing process. I followed the directions step-by-step until, voila! I had an actual electronic short story complete with cover page ready for viewing/downloading on Lulu.com.

The process really was fantastically easy . . . though a complete novel might be a wee bit more complicated when it comes to correct formatting.

I will be interested to see how many people I can entice into signing up at lulu and downloading the FREE story entitled Wild Maine Blueberry Jam. Yes, you read that right. I love food, I love making jam, and I love this title. I also like the story, but you’ll have to read it for yourself and see what you think.

Where did I come up with this idea, you ask? Well, I was tuning in to Pandora.com (a webstreamed music provider) when an advertisement for Stonewall Kitchen (a great Maine-owned company, by the way) popped up on the side panel. The featured product was, you guessed it, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam. Since I had no idea what my story was supposed to be about, I thought I’d start with those four words as my title. A few hours later, I had a story.

So, thank you, Stonewall Kitchen. Thank you, Sandra Waugh for the pointing me toward the contest. Thank you, Lulu.com for making publishing so easy.

For a small, delicious read of Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, go to http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/wild-maine-blueberry-jam/18661049

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