Hi Snarkie! (Snarkie?---yikes)
Would you please comment on e-books and ebook publishers. Is this a viable market?
Miss Snark Dear,
How does e-book publication rate these days with an agent or print editor as a publishing credit?
e-books are so not-viable that it annoys the crap out of me that publishers even want the rights, cause they have no useful way to exploit them. However, they learned from the audio book fiasco to hang on to everything they can get their greedy little mitts on so just in case e-books become money machines, the money will be in their coffers not mine.
Basically e-books are gimmicks. Yes people have them, yes, you can buy readers. Yes those people claim they are the wave of the future. No, no one I know actually reads books like this (but I'll bet this post will bring some of them out of the woodwork).
Once the e-book reader devices become more user friendly I think they'll take off. I don't think that's now, but I think it's coming. Maybe ten years, but that's just a wild ass guess.
And as for being published in e-book format, it's less the format I look at for "is this a legitimate publishing credit" than the review process. If an editor chose selected pieces to publish from a pool of submissions I'm more likely to take it seriously than "come on over and let's build a book in the barn Mickey" take all comers kind of approach.
I think e books will be used for text books and medical manuals and things that need regular updates before it will be used for entertainment reading. But, that's my opinion again, I have no independent info on that.