Sunday, 19 June 2011

Books! Books Books! by Karen King


I've always loved books. When I was a kid everyone else would be out playing but me, I'd be curled up on my bed lost in a book. I'd get through at least four books a day in the summer holidays. I must have read every book in the children's section of the library at least twice!

And I can't go into a bookshop without coming out with a book. Or two. Or three. Books are my weakness, I can't get enough. Every now and again when my floor is covered with piles of books and they're spilling out of my cupboards I force myself to tidy up and give a few books away. Then my bookcases look like the picture above but it doesn't last long.

Because I love books, the feel of them, the sheer joy of holding one in your hand, the turning over of the pages, I wasn't too fond of e-books at first, reading on a computer screen just didn't appeal to me. Then along came e-readers and Kindles and I was hooked. A good story and still being able to 'hold' the book in your hand to read - fantastic!

So now I'm turning my chick lit novel The Millionaire Plan into a e-book. Self-publishing is new to me and a bit scary. There's no editor to proof read my work, find an artist to do the book cover and all the other stuff that gets my book into print. But it's exciting too. Now I'm in control of everything. I can decide what cover to put on the book, what goes in the story and what I take out and how much to charge. Somehow, it feels more like my book.

So fingers crossed, next time I post I'm hoping to tell you that my book is on Amazon Kindle ready to buy!

7 comments:

Dan Holloway said...

Happy Kindling, Karen! On the bottom shelf, is that a 2 volume set or one of those awful moments when you come back from the bookstore to realise you'd thought that looked like a must have once before?

Debbie said...

Dan - they both have different titles. If you enlarge the picture and turn your head sideways ... I need to get out more, don't I?

Agnieszkas Shoes said...

ooh, you're right - what a fabulous twinset! I have a feeling I may be heading for my Amazon basket...

Karen King said...

Oops,didn't stop to thinking that you'd all be enlarging the pics to see what books I read! Would have taken out the Cliff Richard and Susan Boyle biographies if I'd have realised!!

Anonymous said...

Probably very rude of me, but first thing I always do in other people's houses is head for the bookshelves! Lovely to see some of my favourites on yours - plus a few I was frustrated at being able only to read the titles on the spines when I wanted to pull them out and have a look through. So still some limitations to this virtual world!

Karen :-)

PS Still won't allow me to post except as anonymous!

Susan Price said...

Karen B, you are not alone! When Karen K came to my house, she was straight into the bookshelves, like - well, like a whippet after a rabbit!

Karen King said...

Guilty as charged! I was doing a storytelling session at the Daisy Chain bookstore yesterday and they had trouble dragging me away from the books to tell the kids the story! Yeah, I love books :)