So, I’ve gone off the Amazon select program, and The Awakening Society poll is closed and the book is now available everywhere! I had over 100 responses to the poll and emails telling me what readers would like to see. I thought I would post the cover for Tempt Me, which should be out within the next few weeks. I thank everybody who took part in the poll or otherwise let me know what they wanted to see. And I hope you enjoy the outcome!
I’m amazed all the time at how little some writers know about the writing business. It’s one thing to miss out on a social networking site or something like that. But when people don’t even know where they are distributing their books, or if they actually need an editor or not, those are significant issues that need addressed.
We live in the age of information. Literally, we have every answer we will ever need at our fingertips. There are pages and pages of instructional information on how to do everything, including write and publish books. There should be no excuse for a writer not to be completely informed of their BUSINESS.
And that’s how you have to look at it. As a business. If you are actively pursuing publication, actively submitting to publishing houses or individuals, actively promoting your own work, you are running a business. The idea of publishing your books is to reach customers and create revenue. Business.
If you scribble notes here and there, but have never actually completed anything, or submitted to any publishing houses, writing is probably a hobby for you. If you throw a few things together, it sounds good and you create your own cover- with no input from anybody- you are a hobbyist writer who shouldn’t be putting their work out. I don’t want to be harsh, but there are absolutely people who have put books out that shouldn’t have.
If you submit and are accepted to a publishing house, you will be edited until you are sick of it, then you will be edited some more. You will have a professionally designed cover created specifically for your story. Your story will be formatted to correctly fit any e-reader device. It will be ready for the public to read.
Why would you not take the time to make your book look and BE as professional as possible?
-Be your own critic, and be realistic. Not everything you create is wonderful and beautiful. Honestly, until it goes through several revisions, it’s probably barely readable.
-Join some kind of critique or writing group, and use them. An honest opinion from a person that is not emotionally invested in you is precious. In other words, use somebody other than relatives and friends to criticize your work. Whether they realize it or not, they will never give you the truth because they want to spare your feelings.
-Take the steps necessary to represent yourself and your work to the best of your ability. Hire people to help you with things you are unfamiliar with. Do everything you can to DISPROVE the stigma that all indie writers carry. PROVE that you are a writer of worth, and have pride in your work. Enough pride that you have done everything you can to present a perfect product to the public.
I apologize if I sound a little preachy, but it’s hard to overcome the stigma that all indie writers put out crap, especially when some of those same writers are perpetuating the stereotype.
RT was a blast, of course. You need to check out my blog for more in-depth info and recaps. I learned a lot, met a lot of people, signed a lot of cards, laughed and ate too much good food. If you ever have a chance to go, I strongly suggest you do. I took an RT Virgin with me, and she had a blast as well. There is something there that will appeal to every reader, writer, book seller, publisher, beginner. Wherever you are in your career, RT probably has something for you.
Next year it’s in Kansas City. We’re already making plans.
But my nose is back to the grindstone now. If I could narrow down the most important piece of information I took from RT, it would be to write more good books. The best promotion is to have another good book. I just finished a longer contemporary I’m going to submit to Ellora’s Cave, I’m working on a short for Decadent. Book 2 of the Awakening Society is underway (No, I’m not telling you which way!) and the disabled veteran romantic suspense series is still cooking too. Theoretically, I’d like to get 4 books out this year, at least. With a couple of little short stories added into the mix as well.
Damn. That’s a lot. I need to get to work.
Continuing on with the Author Helps section on my website, I created a list of people or companies who format. Some of the names will look familiar, because they tend to do things in a similar vein. Meaning, if they edit, they may format as well.
SO, here’s my list, and of course, if you can recommend someone or do it yourself, absolutely let us know in the comments section.
Conversion & Publishing Services
jimandzetta.com He does CS formatting and conversion for $1 per 1,000 words.
formatting blog- http://ddalglish.com/wp/?page_id=15
Formats for $12 per version.
I’m still writing, but I find myself getting more and more distracted by thoughts of RT. For those of you that have never been, it’s basically a big author party, with informational workshops jammed into it. I had a fantastic time last year meeting all my fellow authors from Decadent Publishing, and I look forward to meeting new ones at this year’s event in Chicago. 2 ladies from KYRW will be going as well, one pubbed and one not. Both are RT virgins, so it will be fascinating watching them take it all in.
Almost done with the first book of the Coming Home series. The second is about halfway finished, but I find myself adding in more and more twists and details to get tangled in. I’ve had to modify book 1 a dozen times just to get the details to flow correctly in the following books.
Working on book 2 of the Awakening Series, and I have to say the poll answers have been surprising. Not what I expected at all. I made the mistake of assuming the direction of book 2, and had it mostly written, when I realized that that wasn’t the direction the readers wanted. So, I’m writing the new book 2, and no, I’m not going to tell you right now which you chose. It’s a secret. Right now, I’m looking at mid-May for release of book 2.
I thank you for your patience! Happy reading!!
When you self-publish, it is vitally important to present a well-crafted piece of work to the public. Self-pubbing has a negative connotation, thanks to all of the crap that’s filtering onto the net that hasn’t been refined or controlled in any way. If you are proud of the work, you need to take the time to make it the best it can be. Even if you are a good editor, you still need people to go over your work to spot mistakes. Below is a list of editing professionals I’ve compiled over the past couple of years. If you visit my website here, I have compiled a huge list with cover artists, formatters and editors.
My editors at one of my e-pubs, Kate Richards and Valerie Mann, have created an editing service called Wizards in Publishing. I can say honestly that they have made me a much better writer. And I’m so tickled they are offering this service now. They also format and upload if you need help that way.
I also have experience with The Authors Red Room. Literally, for the price I paid, 2 separate editors went over my work, and I was very pleased with the result. They had my ms turned around within just a few days.
firstname.lastname@example.org 1 cent per word with $75.00 minimum fee.
Although she runs specials.
www.bevkatzrosenbaum.com does critiques
also a multi-pubbed author.
The Midnight Line editor Has edited for
Catherin Kean, Kresley Cole, Susan Grant
Huge list of editors.
– on the expensive side, but Big 6 experience.