But What She Really Wants To Do Is Write

Mary Wolf Bought Her Publisher and Turned It Into a Huge Success

Mary Z. Wolf had her first book, The Marriage Patent published by Hard Shell Word Factory, a pioneer in the field of electronic publishing. She then turned around and did what every author dreams – she bought her publisher. While some may think that that guaranteed future publication, Hard Shell is growing so rapidly that Mary Z. Wolf, publisher, frequently has to tell Mary Z. Wolf, author, “… shut up and wait, her time will come” – and it will, just as soon as things settle down.

We have some wonderful books that I’m sure print editors practically cried at having to turn down … because they … didn’t fit comfortably enough into that publisher’s line.

The bad news, for Mary-the-author, is that Hard Shell is a bonafide success.

Hard Shell Word Factory was founded in November 1996 by Teri Lea Chandler. According to Wolf, Chandler “had the foresight to see electronic publishing as the wave of the future” and established a haven for quality authors who, for a variety of reasons, weren’t being considered by the New York publishers. Wolf, who had been exploring the prospect of starting her own publishing company, bought Hard Shell from Chandler. Continue reading

Brave New World

Romance Authors on the Cutting Edge of Publishing

As the world of traditional publishing begins to appear bleaker and bleaker from the perspective of romance writers (and quite often from the perspective of romance readers seeking more variety from the genre), the future looks very bright indeed for authors who publish electronically.

Ginny McBlain, President of EPIC, says “[t]wo years ago a well known agent spoke on electronic rights at the RWA conference in Dallas. At that time, he didn’t think authors need concern themselves with electronic rights before the year 2000. Just this week, EPIC has learned that this
same agent is advising all of us to be very careful about retaining our electronic rights.”

While sales currently appear to be “slow but steady” according to Electronically Published Internet Connection (“EPIC”) vice-president and e-author Marilyn Grall, she and other authors (both traditionally published and e-published) believe the industry is on the verge of exploding. Sales of electronic books are poised to increase dramatically with the advent of handheld readers such as NuvoMedia’s Rocket eBook, and those increased sales mean more opportunity for authors. Continue reading