Hello everyone! I’m Max Szyc. If you’ve been following Dog-Eared Book’s recent stampede of excellent blog posts from our very talented cast, then my name will be new to you. My official title is “assistant”, but that’s mostly because I haven’t put the time into figuring out a better name (I’m open to suggestions!). I'm not currently working on grandiose projects like putting the finishing touches on A Christmas Dragon or Critical, our forthcoming novels. Instead, my efforts lie in a place that I find far more exciting: the background.
But--you say--what does that even mean? You’re probably thinking that I’m just trying to slink around the fact that I’m a glorified errand boy, but the background is actually quite important. It helps you get from a to z; in the digital world, it’s how you navigate the Dog-Eared Books website to learn about our most recent additions, what we're up to, and even how you read this blog. Of course, this is all just a very roundabout way of saying that one of my primary duties is maintaining and updating the website (along with the very talented Lynette Wilson; shout out!).
Maintaining a website is crucial to a publisher’s existence. Think of it as the front door to the brand. Now, I’m hoping to build on that reputation by crawling out of my hole to report that our website will soon feature its most spectacular upgrade to date: selling e-books!
The idea is to make getting your hands on our ePubs easier than finding a dog who loves chicken for supper: simply visit the new product page, click the page for whatever book you fancy, skim the description, then click “add to cart”. Once you do so, you’ll see the following pop up on your screen’s top-right corner.
What’s convenient about this new shopping feature is that it’s perfectly integrated into the website, so you can continue browsing until you’re ready to pay. This means not being catapulted onto a totally different page; you get to maintain the Dog-Eared Books look and feel throughout. Once you click to pay, you’ll receive a link to the ePub file in your inbox. And that’s all there is to it!
But what’s even better is that this new feature allows our readers to give directly to the artists; Think of it in the same way that Bandcamp eliminated the major label middlemen and allowed music fans to directly purchase their music from their favourite artists. Similarly, buying off Dog-Eared Books allows you to directly fund our brand of off-beat, youth-oriented Canadian novels.
Now that my public service announcement is over, it’s time to crawl back into my hole. But you can expect to hear from me again when we announce more exciting Dog-Eared Books initiatives. And who said being an assistant wasn’t fun?
Max is a graduate of Carleton University's journalism program. When he's not working, he reads novels and comics, listens to music and writes the occasional short story.