My New E-Writing Goals

I fell in love with writing stories in the third grade when (probably thanks to my mom) my short story was published in the PTA newsletter. I didn’t particularly enjoy the taunting I got on the bus ride home that day but I didn’t let it get me down. I was a published writer at the age of eight!

Since then, I’ve dreamed of writing a published novel. I made a few attempts, mostly within the safety net of a classroom, but I haven’t pursued this dream in earnest.

Maybe I’m afraid I won’t achieve it.

Or maybe I’m afraid I will.

The fact of the matter is that if I don’t try, I never will. And if I learned anything from NaNoWriMo is that I have to put forth the effort (duh) to make this happen.

So I’m rethinking my goals, slightly.

My goal used to be seeing my book on the front table at Barnes & Noble. My ultimate goal was the New York Times Bestseller list (a girl can dream, right?). Those are still my dreams but now I also have the New York Times E-Book Bestseller list to add to the mix.

I’ll admit, when I first heard about e-books about a decade ago, I brushed off the idea. And, until recently, didn’t take seriously any of the e-books being hawked around the Internet.

Many of my friends in the publishing industry are scared apprehensive of e-books and how they are changing the marketplace. I’m actually excited (gasp!) about the possibilities. I don’t believe that e-books will completely eradicate the paper book (audio books didn’t) but they are definitely changing the game and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I think it opens up more doors.

So I’m opening my mind to achieving my goal in a way that I didn’t originally envision. I guess it doesn’t matter how I get there, as long as I do.

What do you think of e-books? Ever considered writing one?

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