Tomorrow’s essay on creativity was written by one of my closest friends, Paul Cooley. His stories explore inner demons, gods and monsters, love and loss. In his essays he discusses the subconsious, inspiration, literary themes, as well as the trials and tribulations of self publishing during the ebook revolution.
It is this revolution and its impact on the publishing world, the authors, and the fans that I want to talk about here. One of the coolest things an author can do (or so I’ve been told) is to have fans want you to sign their copy of your book for them. It’s amazing enough to finally see your words in print after months (and sometimes years) of labor; but people want them signed too? Wow!
Ebooks are revolutionizing how authors get their words to the masses. And, for those of us on a budget, an ebook can be a much more economical choice over traditional hardbacks and paperbacks. Then, there is the issue of space, portability, storage, accessability and ebooks become even more appealing. But, wait just a second, what about getting that book signed? How the heck can that happen now?
There are a few apps on the market that allow an author to accomplish that task. Some offer just a generic signature, some are the author taking a picture with the reader and sending the image to the reader, some can only be used through the app creator’s store, and now there is MyWrite too.
What does MyWrite have to do with Paul Cooley? He created it. He wanted a way to be able to sign an ebook version of his books (and personalize it) that would give the fan a file that would work with whatever type of reader software they used. He also wanted to make this app available for free and and charge only a nominal fee to use the service.
To go from “what if…” or “hmmm, how could I do that?” through the coding, testing, submission approval, and finally to the marketing and support phases and have a product that solves a problem is a phenomenal example of the power of creativity. It’s one thing to think, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to sign ebooks for fans?” and another entirely to create that ability for yourself and others.
So, what have you been wondering about lately? What changes can you make in the world? What can you create? The power of creativity is there just waiting for you to unleash it.
Talk amongst yourselves…