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Observations: Uranus in Aries, Ebooks & Indie Authors

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Since Uranus entered Aries in 2010, it has been vigorously promoting change of all kinds, both peaceful and otherwise. One area I’ve noticed increasing change in is the publishing world. The advent of Amazon’s Kindle and other tablet reading devices has changed the way many, many people read. More and more people buy and use these handy little e-readers every day. Naturally the demand for books formatted for reading on them has picked up too.

When Jupiter in Gemini came on the scene last June, the reception of independently published writing improved. Jupiter rules publishing among other things and in Gemini, he has been happily sextile Uranus on and off over the past ten months. I attribute some of the success of the “indie” author to the Jupiter-Uranus sextile. Many readers, myself included, are thrilled to be able to find new reading material for a reasonable price. I’m old enough to remember when you could buy new paperback books for $5.00 and less . . . a typical price range for many independently published ebooks. Indeed there are many, many excellent ebooks available for free, usually as a successful promotional tool.

Uranus in Aries is now poised on the cusp of my fifth house and soon to be exactly trine my natal ninth house Saturn. It is very possible I might put together some small booklets and publish them in ebook format as my own personal experiment in this area. Recently I downloaded a free app called calibre – E-book Management for reformatting some ebooks for my Kindle. It is very simple to reformat straight text documents any way you want though images within the document are far more challenging. As my eyes age it is much more comfortable to read an e-ink screen than a monitor screen and a small, hand-held e-reader is not that different from a regular book.

If you write and are considering going the self-publishing route, I recommend reading what Lindsay Buroker has to say about her experiences as a successful indie author. Her Emperor’s Edge series is doing exceptionally well and she offers the first ebook in the series for free – the Emperor’s edge. Since she was able to quit her day job and support herself with her writing, I’d say she knows what she’s doing.

F.Y.I. if you can find ebooks by your favorite author on Smashwords, please buy them there because the author receives the most money per book there. Support the writer, not the big seller. :)

By the way, Donna Cunningham has been posting on the effects of Uranus in Aries recently as well. One of these posts is Grabbing some insight into Uranus in Aries.  Check the end of the post for more links to Uranus in Aries posts.

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7 comments to Observations: Uranus in Aries, Ebooks & Indie Authors

  • Cool, good for you. I bought my kindle late last year and won’t be going back. Not that I am a consistent book worm, as I tend to do more art things than reading when I am not writing. I hope you put some e-books together. I have nudged myself many times over the years, especially with my asteroid studies, put run out of stream before I begin. Think it’s a bit too much for my 3rd House Saturn to contemplate, especially the critiques! Eeek!

    • Diane L

      I love my Kindle, one of the reasons I’m interested in figuring out how to format material for it. I have the least expensive model and am happy with it. Haven’t had an opportunity to check out the Kindle Fire with its color screen.

      The process of reformatting from Word is less straight forward than I thought. Going to wait until Mercury is direct and back up to speed before attempting to bludgeon my way through learning the particulars. I’ll keep you posted on my progress as I know you have some really GREAT material you could turn into ebooks! :D

      xoxoxoxo diane~

  • Thanks for this Diane: it has gone some way to corroborating my own experience. You see, until 2008, I’d walked around with the seeds of a story in my head for more than ten years. Then, on January 30, 2008 a medium friend of mine (who knew nothing of the story) said she was being told rather forcibly … “David, you MUST start the book!” The following day, I began writing, and nine months to the day later (on October 31, 2008) I completed the first draft: all 121,000 words of it. Yes, I guess it was rather like giving birth lol. I spent the following two years circulating my story to publishing houses and literary agents all over the UK – and also in the USA – without success. Then in January 2011, a friend of mine in Nashville, USA alerted me to the fact that a sister company of the well established CDbaby organisation had been created to look after the interests of independent authors. Suffice it to say, I submitted my manuscript to BookBaby and by mid-2011 my debut novel was available as an e-book on Amazon, iPad, Sony and Nook all over the world. Since then, with very little promotion from me, it has sold slowly but steadily and, along the way, it has (so far) picked-up seven 5-star Amazon UK customer reviews. So, to all my fellow aspiring authors, I say this: don’t waste your precious time and money looking for a literary agent or publishing house! Instead, self-publish your work as an e-book with the help of any one of several e-book organisations that exist on both sides of the Atlantic. By the way Diane, I shall resist the temptation of promoting my e-book here because that would be unfair. Besides, it’s written under my pen name and I firmly embrace the notion that The Universe will guide those who need to read it, to the e-book, without any input from me. Thanks again … Kind Regards David Lowe (born: 7.52am on Monday, October 7, 1946 in London, England)

    • Diane L

      Hi David!

      Thanks for sharing your story about your experiences with publishing an ebook. I do so love having my little astrological theories corroborated. *grin*

      The trend here in this country is more bookstores closing, especially the big chain bookstores. I suppose there will always be a place for small, cozy bookstores who sell atmosphere as much as books. More people are buying ebooks these days too. There are an amazing number of ebooks being published independently though the quality is erratic to say the least. That’s where reader reviews come in handy.

      Heh, you have even more fixed signs than I do and about the same amount of earth. I do have a Virgo MC which helps some. :)

      xoxo diane~

      • Hello Diane: Thank you for your response. The trend you speak of is happening over here too, with at least one major high street retailer drastically downsizing, and other smaller outlets disappearing altogether. I wonder whether some of the older UK publishing houses – who are also suffering – have contributed to this downturn by ignoring the e-book phenomenon when it first started taking-off? The word complacency comes to mind. By the way re: your earlier comment about re-formatting from Word to e-Pub, BookBaby does all that for you as part of its very reasonably priced package.

        Oh my, I wish I had a more in-depth knowledge of astrology because I’d be able to interpet more accurately your “fixed signs” reference above. Nevertheless, I still find myself wishing I had a Virgo MC like you *grin*. Goodness knows it has not been an easy ride these past 66 years, but I think it may have helped some to find the “spiritual” side of my Chiron.

        Blessings David x

        • Diane L

          Oh my, I wish I had a more in-depth knowledge of astrology because I’d be able to interpret more accurately your “fixed signs” reference above. Nevertheless, I still find myself wishing I had a Virgo MC like you *grin*.

          The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius. As you have Saturn & Pluto in Leo, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & ASC in Scorpio plus your Moon in Aquarius, you do have a preponderance of fixed signs. Fixed signs tend to dislike change, prefer routines and are good at staying the course.

          Ah yes, dear old Chiron . . . it is conjunct my Sun so I am a far better “cheerleader” than self promoter. :D

          The word complacency comes to mind.
          Indeed~
          xoxo diane~