My dreams of being published have always involved holding a book or magazine in my hands to flip through the pages and see my name in print. However, the world has changed over the years, and now we're living in an e-pub world, which means most of my publications so far have been in e-form. While I'm excited to be published in any form, I've only had the opportunity to hold a book that includes my writing once, with Sunday Snaps: The Stories. That book rests on my shelf, there to be picked up whenever I want to hold it. I don't know about you, but my Kindle doesn't provide that tangible sensation a book made of paper does.
Up to this point, I have gotten a Funko Pop villain as a physical representation of my stories (I have more than in that photo now), and as a visual reward for each of my publications. However, other than reading the e-copies of the books/magazines, I've had no other interaction with my stories.
What to do?
This evening I sat down and printed up the covers of the anthologies and magazines that include my work. I haven't worked out the details yet, but I'll be putting them in a binder so I can flip through and see the covers. This is also where my contracts will be kept. Yes, I kill trees and print them up. I like to have the physical forms in front of me, and always have better reading comprehension with something on a piece of paper vs. something on a screen. So I print them up to review them before signing/agreeing, then I file them.
I'm deciding whether to print up my stories to keep in the binder behind the covers. I keep the e-books/magazines on my Kindle so I have the closest to a physical copy of the book or magazine possible.
I'd like to hear what everyone else does with their e-books. I'd love to steal your great ideas (but only the ones that involve how to best treasure your e-publications.)
How do you save your e-books/publications? Do you print up the covers? Do you display them? If so, how? Do you keep hard copies of your e-published stories? What do you do with them? Where do you keep the e-copies?
May you find your Muse.