Thursday, September 23, 2010
Even such mundane things as names for characters are always evolving in my story. I like to think it's all taking Great Scott to a higher level.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I have let things slide a bit, I admit, lately. A new baby will do that. Most days I'm so tired my eyes burn. Plus, I warn you, FB scrabble is a killer for spare time.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I've only read the work of a couple of select friends and I have to say it is a great way to hone your own skills. There's something about finding strong and weak points in a raw work that gets the gears working.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I'm waiting to hear back from my good friend, Karen, who is casting a critical eye over my work. Can't wait to hear how bad it was so I can begin a rewrite. Not sure about other writers, but I enjoy re-writing my work. Getting the ideas down on paper in the first place is the hard part.
Meanwhile, my good wife, Tracey, and I are embarking on another self publish book project - how to raise a large family on a tiny budget. Warning! Once you get started on this stuff, it's hard to stop.
Monday, March 29, 2010
So anyway I've been wondering where this promised hard copy is (she couldn't send it over the net because her work's net filter took offence to some of the language).
It turns out she had it printed, in an envelope with our address on it and at the last minute balked, rushing back to her laptop to re-edit.
Sound familiar, anyone?
Self Publish Australia wrote:
Sunday, March 28, 2010
It's all very exciting. Unfortunately greatnessbook.com is gone, so I can't use that website name for the second book in the series, which is obviously to be called Great Ness.
Look at me, talking second books like publishing the first one won't send us broke.
Now all I have to do is work out what to do with these things.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Author of Claws, Stacey Cochran, gives us the rundown on his marketing campaign for the launch of his self published book.
I'm a bit excited by some of this. A blog tour? You mean I don't have to leave my laptop - I mean kids - and trace all over the countryside? I need to look into this.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My rate is $0.90 per page for standard pages, and $1.20 for non-standard pages (eg. decorated chapter headings). Pages with subheadings would be considered a standard page.
So, for the 6x9 book, as an estimate, it would be 17 x 1.2 = $20.4 + 183 x 0.9 = $164.70 = $185.10. And the smaller book would be approx $239.10.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The idea behind this site is great. Authors and readers get to vote on work downloaded by wannabe authors. The top five works each month are read by HarperCollins reviewers, hopefully resulting in offers to publish.
I was initially excited when I learnt about this site. And daunted. It's one thing to think you've got something a little special, but to put it out there and have it judged openly against others' work is potentially fraught with public humiliation.
But the potential rewards!
Only, it doesn’t seem to work like that. I spent a couple of nights going through the site, and while I’m prepared to admit I could have missed it, I can’t see one book that the HarperCollins people have picked up.
I did see an author found an agent and was published but this was because the agent read a piece on the site and liked it. And I’m assuming he would have liked it if the author had sent it to him anyway.
But my point is that there doesn’t seem to be any joy given out by the people who set the site up.
And there was some seriously good stuff there.
Some of the reports from Users isn't glowing either. One thread I read was scathing in its criticism of a review of one work in which the reviewer spoke of the two female lead characters, when in fact one was a male. I mean, if that's the quality of the reviewers, you've got to wonder.
If you’re a budding author, check out the site for yourself and see what you think. Maybe you can see value in it.
If you provide artwork of the right resolution, I can work with that. Or if you want to provide a brief, I can research stock images for you. which might incur additional fees if I cannot find suitable free stock art. If you want to commission a photoshoot or an illustrator, I can arrange this, but cannot provide a quote for these services until I receive a design brief.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
To give you an idea of where I'll be spending my wife's money, I'll break it down. But before I do I want to make it quite clear that I am not running an ad for these Createspace people. They are simply the company I intend using at this point. Certainly by the end of November I should be able to give a very personal view about their service and quality of product. If it turns out they're living up to their end of the bargain, I'll sing their praises, but if it all turns to mud then I'll scream it from the heavens.