On becoming a fully-fledged hybrid author

Writing in the House of Dreams: Creative Dreaming, Creative Writing

It’s been a steep learning curve, but I’ve finally arrived – it’s publication day! In this, the last of the five dreams I’ve shared here about my self-publishing journey, I’m looking at the road ahead.

I’ve done a talk about being an author, including the difficulties of getting stocked in bookshops and making enough sales. Not that I’m complaining – I do have enough.As I chat outside with the organisers, they’re waiting for the next author – and it’s a really famous one.

Here she comes in her little yellow car. She’s a friend and I’m delighted to see her, delighted to see the eager anticipation in her young fans’ faces.

As she walks towards us, I notice the little creature I’ve found and been looking after has caught the attention of a crow-like bird. The creature is small and furry, some kind of hybrid, strange and very sweet. And feisty! He isn’t afraid…

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Do You Care If A Book Is Self Published?

101 Books

That’s my question for you today.

As I’m patiently waiting to hear from a publisher about my book idea, I’ve also considered self-publishing as a fallback. But is it really a “fallback?”

A few years ago, that was my impression. And let’s be honest, books like this one don’t help that perception.

But then I got to thinking. Truth is, if you’re a blogger, you self publish. Anyone can write a blog, just like anyone can self publish a book. There’s a wide variety of quality and depth throughout both. A blog, like a self-published book, is what you make of it. 

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A Guide to Self-Publishing

Belleyre Books

I’ve taken a break from my next work of fiction to write A Guide to Self-Publishing for CreateSpace On-Demand and Kindle eBook. I’ve drawn from my 17 years of experience as Director of Development for an educational publisher, my teaching experience, my own self-publishing experience, and my general need for a book that I can refer to myself!

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A Guide is the definitive text for developing the entrepreneurial skill of self-publishing. A start to finish guide for establishing yourself as a published author, this text introduces developing an author platform, creating content using Microsoft Word, understanding the elements of good book design, cover creation, on-demand and eBook publishing, and post-publication marketing techniques. Also available is A Guide to Self-Publishing Workbook keyed to the text.

The table of contents and other information will be updated frequently. The goal of A Guide is to put together in one book the step-by-step instructions (with screen shots)…

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You are a writer. So be an author!

5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months

Helga’s Post #93: These words of encouragement appeared in an article titled ‘Don’t be afraid of Indie Publishing’ by Writer’s Digest online editor Brian Klems. Posted a year ago it’s a must read for writers of all genres. It’s informative and helps ease the decision all of us who have written a complete manuscript have to face: Go the traditional publishing route or go on your own.

As you can glean from the last few posts of our blog, the topic of indie publishing and self-publishing has been utmost in the 5 writers discussions. Admittedly, we are still in the writing phase, some of us at the start of our new novel, and nowhere near ready to face the publishing challenge. But we have pretty well decided to give self-publishing a try.

I admit, I have been a skeptic of indie and self-publishing until recently, and there are some…

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Working With a Book Cover Designer

Peter Fritze

Blog 27Last post in my series of blogs on how to self-publish, I wrote about what a book cover design should achieve. As an author, to get the best result for your cover, it’s useful to know some tips about the process of working with a designer. I’m assuming here you’ve hired someone to create original art for your cover.

First off, if you’re expecting your designer to read your book as part of the design process, don’t. She’s unlikely to have the time (or interest), and depending on the schedule for your book release, your manuscript might not be in proper shape anyway.

Instead, be ready with a good, short synopsis, preferably written. Also, be clear about the book’s genre, mood and tone, perhaps comparing them to those of well-known books.

Next, have some ideas ready for her. In my first book, The Case for Killing, an abandoned railway track features (have…

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Self-Publishing outside the US

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Prysmcat's Writing About Writing

I resigned myself to making my ebooks entirely free, rather than inexpensive and accessible, thanks to the US IRS. I live in Canada, and having them take 30% of the little I expect to make made it seem rather pointless. The info on the Smashwords website as far as dealing with this leads into paperwork and fees that made it equally pointless – why spend more than I expect to make in order to have people pay for my books?

I don’t expect to earn much. That actually isn’t a main motivation for me, something I’ve discussed elsewhere. Essentially, I know myself well enough to know that if I try writing for a living on the grounds of making said living doing something I love, then sooner or later, probably sooner, I’ll find myself making said living doing something I used to love but that is now just an obligation…

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