WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The Write Stuff for themselves. The tools and knowledge to professionally publish are becoming ever-more democratized," says Mark Coker of The Digital Reader. DICK SMITH Still, says Weston-based author Elyse Wilk, "Self-publishing takes patience and perseverance. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. It isn't easy, but it's much less difficult than it used to be." She adds her advice, "Do it!," to would-be authors. The advent of self-publishing is closely tied to technological Elyse Wilk advances. In this case, it's linked to the rise of online retailing and the increase in e-book readers and tablet computers. The surge in selfpublishing is also related to a process called print on demand (POD). POD means that instead of online bookstores printing hundreds of likens the trend in e-books to the revolution in the music industry books and then storing them, new technology makes it affordable for over the past decade. them to print one book at a time when an order is placed. According to local authors, there are many benefits to publishing While the domain of traditional publishing houses remains actual your own book. "Self-publishing is a good venue for control freaks," book stores, most self-published writers sell their books online. says Wilk, author of two self-published books: The Dendrons: The Root According to blogger Mike Shatzkin's post, "Where will bookstores be of the Problem, which came out about three years ago, and, more five years from now?", "it is predicted that within three years, 75 percent recently, Lunatics. Lunatics is a book about actor and musician Jack of books will be sold online (50 percent as e-books and 25 percent Black's mother – Judith Love Cohen, a pioneering engineer for the as printed books)." Bill Haylon – a local self-published author of Apollo program – and her extended group of family and friends. It's the coming of age story I'm Will, which came out last October— currently a screenplay in pre-production in Los Angeles. With self-publishing, authors can control everything from the actual writing to how the book is produced and marketed. For one local scientist turned author, Rama K. Ramaswamy, the ability to con- Bill Haylon trol the content, as opposed to having to use a traditional publisher's editorial changes, can be a real game changer. While she has a wellknown publisher interested in her new collection of short stories, she says they want her to make changes that she considers unacceptable, NANCY CARBONARO We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 including adding more romance and sex to the story collection. Perhaps they want it to resemble Fifty Shades of Grey, an extremely popular – but racy – novel that started out as a self-published book. "You have a lot more freedom and flexibility without a publisher or an agent saying you need to write a certain way to sell books," she says. Ramaswamy's first book, 90

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