KRISTEN: Electronic and Small Press Authors Network.
KATIE: Why do you think it’s important for ESPAN to have a voice within the romance community, RWA specifically?
KRISTEN: Epublishing is changing the face of the publishing business model as we know it. Ebooks don’t require the cost to publish that traditional books do and they also don’t require the same return policy. Many in RWA may not fully understand that epublished authors often work just as hard as traditionally pubbed authors. Epubbed and small press authors deserve the same acceptance and recognition as our traditionally pubbed peers.
KATIE: What changes has the ‘new’ ESPAN made? What changes do they plan to make in the future?
KRISTEN: ESPAN is moving forward with a brand new website and forum for members that allows us to interact with one another and discuss topics much like a physical chapter meeting. Beyond that, we’re looking into ways to educate others about what epublishing is, what it means for the future of publishing and why there’s no reason to fear it, but rather to embrace it. We look forward to expanding our membership and really developing a voice for the epubbed and small press pubbed authors in RWA.
KATIE: Anything else you’d like to share with us today?
KRISTEN: If you haven’t tried an ebook, check one out. There are genres out there for every taste!
Kristen firmly believes the future of publishing holds many exciting opportunities and that a chapter like ESPAN will be vital in leading the way toward educating RWA’s members about those possibilities. Additionally, she believes ESPAN can become an advocate for epublishing and epublished authors, providing the necessary information to instruct and guide its members in career decisions and dispel myths about epublishing through the free dispersion of information.
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