It wasn’t the notion that science fiction authors should embrace technology that got to me. It was who responded to my website.
Building a website has been a learning experience, and I sometimes feel I’ve only begun. At first, no one was reading, but I expected that. Eventually, views began. Even later, likes began. I kept writing. I knew that gaining readership is a long-haul process.
I found it addictive to view the websites of the people who responded to me. One of the most surprising things I found was the number of respondents who were clearly from somewhere in the world other than America.
I regularly put out eight posts a week, many of which require research, and I have a life to live. That doesn’t leave me a lot of time to spend under the hood of WordPress, but I did find
https://wordpress.com/stats/day/(insert your own url here)
which lets you click see how many views and visitors you had on any given day. More interesting, it shows a map that tells you which countries those views came from.
I was blown away.
To be specific, these are the results from this year, January 1 through April 21.
U K 4%
South Africa 2%
Hong Kong about 1%
Morocco about 1%
Ukraine about 1%
Romania about 1%
Singapore about 1%
Ireland about 1%
Czech Rep. less than 1%
Spain less than 1%
Philippines less than 1%
Japan less than 1%
Kenya less than 1%
Germany less than 1%
Jordan less than 1%
Israel less than 1%
So, back to the initial statement — Yes, I would like to have Cyan on every bookstore shelf and in every library, not just available on line. However, no matter what happens from now on, I will insist that whatever I publish in the future will also be released as an eBook.
This goes back the the very beginning, to my childhood. Growing up on a farm, at first I had only G&D books (Tom Swift and the like) purchased from a local hobby store. Then I found the county library. I didn’t see a real bookstore until I was in college.
Those books were my window to the world.
Today, a book hungry young person with access to the internet can find — and afford — eBooks, even if her or she lives in India, South Africa, or Ukraine. I like that, and I’m proud to be part of it.