Friday, January 14, 2011

A new year with the Kobo!

First and foremost: I wish all my fellow writer friends and your family a happy new year 2011! May it be blessed with health, happiness and book deals :)

The step into 2011 proved to be very eventful for me: I finally got an eReader. My heart was set on the Kindle, but since Amazon didn't have the foresight to anticipate a holiday rush and stock the Kindle appropriately, it was sold out by mid-December and no longer sold in Canada. It just came back on the store some days ago, but it was too late: I really wanted an eReader before my trip to Banff (from which I just returned). So I went to my local Chapters/Indigo and got myself a Kobo!

So far? I LOVE IT! Already read four books on it, which is three more that I usually read in a month. I do miss the tactile sensation of paper and its smell, but the practical aspect and the light weight of the Kobo far outweigh the few cons. I was pleasantly surprise to find recent books and bestsellers to be as low as 0.99$ on the Kobo store. However, I came across a frustrating situation and felt like ranting about it.

While I was catching up on my blog reading, I noticed Donald Maass had a new book out, called "Fire in Fiction". Having loved WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, I set out for the Kobo store. Not there. I Google'd the book, and found many suspicious looking websites where I could buy it. While the Kindle version on Amazon is 9.99$, I found the same ebook for 15.39$ ( and as high as 17.99$ (

The price of the paperback on Amazon with free shipping? 12.39$! Yup, tha's right... the paperback is cheaper than the electronic version of the same book on competing websites. What sort of bullshit is this? Who in his right mind would pay 18$ for a file that costs virtually nothing to produce or deliver? It's appalling, really. I don't understand this at all, and I'm starting to regret my purchase of the Kobo. I would have thought availability and price would be homogeneous by now, as each eReader try to compete in the ever growing market.

In other more positive news, I have began working on a new project. While queries for Trinity are still being sent, and even though one partial is still out, I had to face reality and consider that the first one might not be the right one. A recent blog post by Nathan Bransford covered the difficulty of letting go of your first novel. It's like your first true love. You think, "it cannot possibly go wrong. It has to work out."

I was unable to write something new. It felt like the fire (excuse the pun) was extinguished. It might have been premature grief, I don't know. What I do know is how my brain came back to life when it all clicked and I finally knew what to write about. PRAXIA, set in futuristic milky way, is a sci-fi thriller which I am very excited about. The writing has been flowing for the past three weeks (at 21K words right now. According to my 25 pages outline, I should end up at about 80K). I'll be doing things differently this time as far as the query process is concerned, but won't share details so early.

I hope 2011 brings you guys just as much inspiration!


aspiring_x said...

good for you- getting started on a new project!
ugh about the ereader... we ran into the same problem (in smaller scale) buying an mp3 player for christmas and discovering that itunes songs won't play on it! and we had already paid for thirty dollars worth of itunes! eeks! :)

Francis said...

I find iTunes to be an aberration. DRM is evil on all levels, but iTunes annoys even more with its clunky interface!

Looks like you'll have to get an iPod now :)