Notorious Angel - a novel by Jennifer KokoskiPublished by Hard Shell Word Factory 

"Beware the Angel of Death... She holds the key."

Cryptic words scrawled in a dying man's missive to his son are the only clues to murder, treason and romance in Regency England.


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Myths About E-books and E-Book Publishing

Since Stephen King published his experimental E-book Riding the Bullet in 1997, the mainstream media has loved to talk about e-books. As with politics and movies, every journalist seems to have an opinion on the subject filling the public with information and in many cases disinformation. Separate fact from fiction here.

1. MYTH: E-books can only be read on a desktop computer.
FACT: E-books are read on any electronic computing device from 19  inch desktop monitors to 3 inch handheld computer touchscreens. While you can read an e-book at your desktop, most e-book readers prefer taking their books to bed, the patio, car or bathroom with a portable reading device.

2. MYTH: E-books aren't as well-written as the ones you buy in the bookstore.
FACT: In head-to-head contests, e-books have tied with their bookstore cousins as judged by peers in the publishing industry.

3. MYTH: There are only a limited number of e-books on the market.
FACT: E-book publishers sell all ranges of material from Self Help Diet books, to Romances, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children's, History and How-Tos. Even the Bible, in its myriad of editions, has been released in e-book form.

4. MYTH: E-book Publishing is for books not good enough to appear on bookstore shelves.
FACT: Book manuscripts submitted to e-book publishers are often submitted to comparable print publishers. The competition to be published is fierce today. A recent survey showed less than 3% of all submitted manuscripts are bought and published by e-publishers. In most cases, the chances of publishing an e-book are even smaller than publishing a book with a print publisher. E-book titles are often resold in other formats including hardback, audio (books on tape) and even TV film.

5. MYTH: E-books are like vanity books, no one ever edits.
FACT: Before a book manuscript is acquired by a publishing house, one to two editors completely read-through the submission noting opinions and need for changes. If the book is deemed salable with changes, authors are giving a list of revisions to perform before a contract to publish is ever offered. After a contract is signed, the manuscript undergoes another complete edit by one to two editors for content, grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as formatting errors. These corrected proofs (called galleys) are sent to the author for review and editing. In contrast, a vanity book is reviewed only by the author before it makes it into print. Unfortunately, when dealing with manuscripts several hundred pages in length, gremlins are known to pop up time to time no matter how many trained eyes are reviewing it.

6. MYTH: E-published books are only available for the computer.
FACT: Most e-publishers began their businesses under the notion that readers deserved to enjoy books in whatever form they prefer. With the advances in printing technology, these small press publishers expanded their format offerings to include traditional trade paperback. Often called POD (Print On Demand) books, these trade paperbacks are actually printed in small lots to reduce upfront costs. As demand for a book grows, more copies are printed. My publisher currently contracts with three printers to produce trade paperbacks. Only one (Ingram's Lightning Press) qualifies as a POD printer supplying one book per order. POD books are virtually indistinguishable from the mass market brethren often found languishing on the bookshelves. The main difference is that POD books have a home before their made, while at least half of their bookshelf cousins end up getting shredded and pulped within the year of printing.

7. MYTH: E-Publishers are not real book publishers.
FACT: A reputable book publisher contracts with authors to market their work under the following terms - the work is edited by a qualified editor, a percentage of sales (royalty) is paid to the author, the publisher acquires unique ISBN and UPC code numbers for the work, and no fees are charged the author for any of the above services. E-publishers are most commonly operated as small press companies with limited budgets and distribution channels. Due to monetary constraints, most e-publishers can not afford to offer authors large advances (if any) but make up the difference with increased royalty percentages. An average royalty for a mass market print author is 8-10% (around 50 - 80 cents per book); the average royalty for an e-published author is 25-50% ($1-$5 per book).

8. MYTH: E-books are too expensive.
FACT: When the corporate publishing houses ventured into e-publishing in 2000, they brought with them a deep-seeded fear of e-publishing and craving to make tons of profit, usually at the reader and writer's expense. While royalties were kept low in author contracts, e-book versions were sold at hard cover prices ($15 - $25 per book). No surprisingly, buyers weren't keen on spending their hard-earned cash. While corporate publishers are publicly rethinking their e-book strategy, most independent e-publishers market content between $3 - $8 per book. This is usually half the price of their comparable trade paperback versions and comparable to pocket-size paperbacks in your local bookstore.

9. MYTH: You can't read an e-book in the bathroom or on the beach.
FACT: With handheld computers (PDAs) and portable readers, e-books can be read anywhere their paper cousins are enjoyed. My favorite reading places are in bed, the car, my patio room, and yes the bathroom. I won't be taking my PDA for a dip in the pool just as I doubt my paperbacks would survive the experience. One place I can read an e-book that my paper books are unusable is in the dark. Portable readers and PDAs have built-in lights to illuminate your reading screen.

10. MYTH: E-books are a newfangled fad invented to drive paper books out of existence.
FACT: Bibliophiles or those heavily invested in the print industry tend to say these things in hopes they are true. E-book reading has been around in a niche market for about 5 years. Studies show it has increased every year rather than become popular one year like Pet Rocks and die out the next. But no matter how popular e-books become, people will always want a printed version to adorn their bookshelves. Just as paperbacks did not end the sale of hardback books, e-books seek only to give the reader another convenient form of enjoying the written word.

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e-Book ISBN: 0-7599-0326-3 | Paperback ISBN: 0-7599-0472-3

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