Posts tagged: Self-Publishing

Retro 26: An Alphabet Book

By , July 16, 2013 10:29 pm

Feeling nostalgic? 

Check out Retro 26 on Amazon today!  Extra Sample Pages Below.

Two Sample Pages from RETRO 26: An Alphabet Book

Two Additional Sample Pages from RETRO 26: An Alphabet Book

Five Types of Writers that Bog Down the eBook Market

By , April 9, 2012 1:30 am

 

Searching for an Agent Leads to the Discovery of…

As part of my agent search, I cruised through Amazon to check out authors who write books similar to my WIP.  When my search terms yielded a fairly lengthy list, I hoped that I found some great leads!  A few clicks later, I realized that most of the names led to self-published novels.  After I read a few sample pages and chapters, I created this list instead of crying for the future of publishing while eating ice cream out of the container.

No matter how learned or experienced we are, I think we writers somehow have a piece of each type deep inside of us!

…Five Types of Self Published Authors that Bog Down the eBook Market!


Angsty post-graduate.  Writes poetry that she believes is an enigmatic mirror to her soul, but everyone else recognizes that it is just nonsensical and dumb.  Believes that her poetry means that she is destined to be the next queen of literary fiction.  Her book has no plot.  At all.


Bored housewife.  Has read Twilight.  LOVES TWILIGHT!  TEAM JACOB OMG!  Writes for the YA market.  Still does not yet realize what YA means.


Mid-life crisis guy.  Has a soul sucking job and features characters with equally terrible work.  Thinks that being a professional means that he is actually too qualified to write a novel, but does it anyway as a hobby.  Hopes that his hobby will lead to millions of dollars so he may retire.  Likely does not read anything other than memos and reports.  Is afraid of the dark.


Egocentric.  This person has experienced something personally memorable yet mundane, like childbirth, illness, a family death, etc., and wrote a memoir.  The idea could work if he or she were a celebrity, but this isn’t the case.  Thinks that odd spelling and sentence structures give the memoir an innovative voice. Believes that every person is a unique snowflake.  Does not realize that journaling would have been the better option.


Johnny Good Writer.  Tells a good story.  Knows how to write a good query and good synopsis.  Never graduates past being good.  Manages to write original ideas by almost exclusively using cliches.

Are there more than five stereotypical types?  Comment and tell us about it!

Will there be any commercials for novels during Super Bowl 47?

By , February 6, 2012 12:00 am

 

Are novels and commercials a successful mix?

 

No matter whether you found the commercials during Super Bowl 46 titillating or a bore, we can agree that soda, Progressive’s Flo, and Detroit got more screen time than novels.  Of course, that is nothing new for us.  Commercial advertisements for books seem limited to James Patterson (a money making mastermind) holding his latest construction and directly telling people to buy it.

 

While most authors who’ve “made it” traditionally have stayed away from making commercials, I have noticed during the past year that more and more indie authors are posting book trailers online.

 

Do you think that these trailers help indie authors?  Is it possible to create a creative commercial for a book that is worthy of $3.5 million dollars during the Super Bowl?

 

Tell us what you think!

Halloween Cartoon for Writers

By , October 31, 2011 12:00 am

 

Happy Halloween!

Cartoon for Writers

"An Indie Halloween" by MMRule

How Siri Can Help Aspiring Writers

By , October 24, 2011 12:00 am

"An Indie Phone" by MMRule

 

As soon as I had some alone time with an iPhone 4S, I couldn’t wait to ask Siri my burning questions.  Should I self publish?  Where can I find a literary agent?  Who wrote the great American novel?

 

The verdict?

 

Siri isn’t a fortune teller, but she can read your text messages and search Google for you.  I’ll settle for that!

 

Have you asked Siri any questions about writing and publishing?  Do you think she is a useful tool?  Comment and let us know!

Time Management for Indie Writers

By , October 17, 2011 12:00 am

 

"Indie Time Management" by MMRule

 

How do you balance work, family, friends, writing, blogging, social networking, etc.?

Does making a schedule help?  Comment and share your tips!

 

Special #FollowFriday Post: The Aspiring Writer Google Search Story

By , August 11, 2011 7:45 pm

 

Happy Friday!

In honor of #FF, I created a Google Search Story to help us start the weekend with a smile.

The Aspiring Writer Google Search Story

 

Which search terms best represent your story?

Add your thoughts to the comments for this post or share your own search story.

The Benefits of Querying—Even If You Want to Self-Publish

By , July 25, 2011 12:00 am

 

The decision to circumvent the querying process and jump straight into self-publishing seems like a “working smart” move for many aspiring writers.  And who can blame them.  No one wants to lose weeks and months waddling through rejections when companies like Lulu and Amazon make it easy to shuffle through the self-publishing process and give a metaphorical middle finger to the “heartless” agents.

 

But these writers fail to realize that there are benefits to querying an agent that will assist with the self-publication process.

 

Querying Even One Agent

  • Forces authors to truly understand what they’ve written.
  • Helps them to familiarize themselves with marketing and publication standards.
  • Provides a much needed reality check.

"The Indie Bard" by MMRule

Better Understand Your Novel

Writing a query letter (and the often requested synopsis) is an exercise that no writer should bypass.  Querying forces an author in roughly one page to address the big questions that are otherwise too easy to avoid:

  • What are the most essential plot points of my book?
  • Is there a clear genre and hook?
  • Can others trust that I’m qualified to write this?

Answering these questions are essential when editing and polishing your book.  And querying not only forces you to think about them, but also makes you exercise your ability to do so concisely and professionally.

 

Familiarize Yourself with Marketing and Industry Guidelines

Query guidelines urge authors to consider issues like word count and target audiences.  If you want to take on selling your own book, you must know who wants to read it and whether it is a novel or really a novella or a series in disguise.  (It is never OK to have a 150+K debut novel!)

 

Get Real!

Finally, the likely form rejection letter (or silence) from an agent provides a necessary reality check.  It is too common for authors to use their imagination and talent to see the successful future they want in a less than worthy book.  Shattering the dream through even one agent’s rejection is helpful to pull authors back to reality.  The odds of success are against first time novelists.  The possibility of being the next King, Brown, Meyers, Harris, etc. are next to impossible.  If authors want to succeed, they should seek out some rejection and constructively turn that into added motivation to read daily, write more, and edit smarter.


Extra Bonus

Who knows what opportunities will present themselves once you query your book.  Maybe you will land an agent and a publisher, and someone else can worry about formatting your novel for the Kindle and Nook.  There is nothing wrong with having more than one option!

 

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