Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
I'm back in the writing trenches post graduation! Woo. Some of you may remember me asking followers about their writing methods a few weeks back. I've finally chosen one to try out! I have never had a CP read over my manuscript chapter by chapter as it's written, but it seems like a very interesting idea. Plus a great way to catch any issue before it gets out of control! :) The lovely Kelly Hashway also mentioned writing out a full blown synopsis for your book before writing anything down. (I've never been a HUGE plotter but figure I'm doing so many new things in my life post graduation (I learned how to shuck oysters and got to actually drive an ATV--rather than ride as a passenger) that I may as well tackle my writing from a new point-of-view. Which is exactly what I recommend. In life our writing, relationships, work-life etc. can become stagnant. Sometimes we just gotta shake things up a bit. Just taking a side step and looking at life or our books from a different POV can mean everything and can get our mojo's flowing.
Here's some great insight into the The Three Act Structure that I received from Beth Fred. Thus far, it has been quite helpful! :)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Now, I'm of the firm opinion that to do self-publishing right, you need to spend money. When I set out to publish Edge of the Falls, I planned my budget and I stuck pretty close to it. My final costs for Edge was roughly $1400. What did that buy me?
A professional cover.
A copy edit
Swag for giveaways
I will break this down more in a different post on Indie Ignites but my point is this: doing this whole self-publishing thing right COSTS MONEY. If you can find people to do things for you for free, GREAT, but it still will cost you something. Anyone who says it doesn't is not really someone I trust. Sorry.
On the other hand--saying that a book should be several thousands to edit and you should pay a publicist 1k a month? That too is completely ridiculous. There's a happy medium, folks. Finding it is important. And you know--you don't have to do giveaways that cost money. You don't have to advertise. But self-publishing should be treated like a business--in any business, you have to spend money up front. It's not the fun side of business, but there it is. To put out a quality product (and I'm unwilling to do anything but put out quality) you have to spend some money.
What this really comes down to, guys, is what I've repeated ad nasuem. BE. INFORMED. Know what the heck your doing--know what a freelance editor averages (2k is not average for an 80k book.) ((neither is 1k a month for a publicist.)) That way, when you do see something insanely high, you can be like, huh, I think I'm being screwed.
Cuz you are.
I love this industry. I love it so hard. But the fact is, there are people who will screw you. Asshats posing as agents. Vanity presses posing as publishers. And freelance vendors screaming 'you need this PAY ME ALL THE MONEY.'
And with anything else, the best way to know you aren't being screwed is to know what your doing. Research, you guys. Know every step of the way why the step your taking is the right one for you and your book. And if that is the indie path, make sure you know why your hiring someone and if the price they are asking for is reasonable.
And stop by my post on the Indie Ignites blog to hear more about what I spent where and why I think it's justified. :)
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life has become.
They didn't know they needed each other.
Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket--her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for the wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.
Atticus Grimes needs help--the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he's got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.
When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she's thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can't happen--he's a professor and she's a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
It's been four (super fun/crazy/ridiculous/fast/inspiring/loving/sweet/embarrassing/lovable) years. I've reached a point in my life where I must wonder, "what now?" Seriously--what do I do with the rest of my life without college life to monopolize my time? I don't think I ever truly understood the meaning of bittersweet until now.
A few months back I talked about goals.
So far I've decided goals are awesome, but be prepared to throw them out the window when your dreams, wants, and desires decide to deviate. What I'm starting to realize is it's okay to change my mind and want something different.
We're all navigating life. And right now? I'm just happy I
I truly believe the best is yet to come.
So for all those hanging out in the query trenches or the agent sub limbo or heck maybe even 5th-book-will-my-editor-love-it-or-hate-it purgatory--just remember--the best is yet to come.
"Things always have a way of working out. Never underestimate the power of prayer, faith, and love."