My book on self-publishing is now out. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did I switch to doing four books “independently” published or “indie?” Why do I now recommend this path for most Authors?
I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I travel Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “Rambling California’s Historic Highway 49: Starting with Columbia, the Preserved Gold Rush Town.” This is a chapter in my book Northern California History Weekends, which will come out in a new edition in 2017.
Should your book/ebook publishing trajectory be with traditional publishers, or should you go “independent,” meaning a venture into self-publishing? Or should you consider both for different books? Lee Foster does both and knows the pros and cons of each approach. In his travel book field, Lee has a major new book in 2013 with one of the top traditional travel book publishers, Dorling Kindersley, titled Back Roads California. But Lee has also published a new “independent” book, Northern California Travel: The Best Options. Why would he pursue these seemingly divergent visions?
As the publishing revolution swirls around us, here are my 10 top tips for 2016 to assist Authors who wish to benefit from the profound disruption occurring. Anyone who "consumes" media may also be intrigued with what's happening.
Amazon has now released the ebook version of my SF Travel & Photo Guide. Other major ebook vendors, such as B&N and Apple, will carry the ebook title soon. The ebook parallels my app on this subject available from Apple and Google.
My new book on self-publishing is now out as a printed book and an ebook. I am also releasing here its first five chapters, one per week, as a partial website book.
What are the Super 50 Travel Experiences in San Francisco and the Bay Area for the occasional visitor or the lifetime bucketlister?
Lee Foster’s new travel guidebook is Northern California History Travel Adventures: 35 Suggested Trips
The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
I was asked recently to talk about the revolution in modern publishing at the California Writers Club in Sacramento. As I looked out at the 40 writers/authors in the audience, I realized with new clarity that the main reality in our rapidly changing publishing world is “the gradual empowerment of writers/authors/photographers,” especially from about 2005 to the present.
The universal desire of families to have joyful travel experiences together is the subject of Chapter 6. This chapter raises the issue by recalling how my family (mom, dad, and three kids) experienced an RV trip through the National Parks of Utah. Listen as William Dougan narrates Chapter 6 “Utah: The Joy of Family" from the audiobook release of my travel literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
The “forms” in which we publish our big projects, our “books,” continue to evolve. Could a “website book” be considered a new form? What is the rationale for publishing a book as a “website book”?
A lavish new full-color 128-page book celebrating California’s National Parks is now available free to the public as a downloadable PDF
The prospect of a long and healthy life is a joy and a gift, made possible by my circumstances, nutrition, and genetics. The Kenya tribes people I met when making this photo were doomed to a significantly briefer length of life. A possible long life is a special aspect of life in our time.
Lee Foster’s literary memoir about growing up in Minnesota has been re-published and released as Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century.
Our universal and unquenchable desire for love and romance has a profound effect on each of our lives. Listen as William Dougan narrates Chapter 5 “Mexico: The Tentativeness of Love" from the audiobook release of my travel literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
My recent travel literary book has won an award. The book is Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
Coastal San Mateo, south of San Francisco on Highway 1, is a joy to drive. It presents lighthouses and historic shipwrecks as well as ethnic history (such as Portuguese farmers), small towns, and appealing beaches, some with tidepools.
I am out exploring California as I update my book Northern California History Weekends for a new edition. This chapter is about the enduring mystery of where Sir Francis Drake landed in Point Reyes and how an impressive redwood grove was saved north of San Francisco and named to honor John Muir.
A reader recently asked me for a short explanation of my main books, indicating: What is this book about, why did you write this book, and how is this book produced and marketed? Here is my answer, "A Tale of Eight Books."
The Trump victory reminds me of the theme of one of my literary books--that we live in both the most wondrous and also the most horrific time ever to be alive. The book is Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
I recently discovered that using the simple PDF form of my newest travel ebook was a good way to distribute it under license to a client.
I am releasing here the content in this new travel ebook/app in ten alphabetical “clusters.” Each cluster will have 12 sections of the total 120 in the ebook/app. This is alphabetical release 7 of 10.
Lee Foster’s website/blog www.fostertravel.com has won an award in the annual BATW (SF Bay Area Travel Writers www.batw.org) Best 2017 Travel Writing and Photography Awards.
Silicon Valley's High Tech Heritage is the story of the computer and the technology revolution affecting the world. The story comes alive at the Apple Park Visitor Center and at three great museums in California’s Silicon Valley.