Saturday Morning Briefs

One Self-publishing Success Story

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” “After I clicked “publish” on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, I sat back and waited for my life to change.

“It was as if I thought self-publishing my teen vampire novel, What Kills Me, would be transformative: kind of like when Prince Adam raises his sword and becomes He-Man. Following six months of writing and spending about $2,000 preparing my ebook for publication, by the power of Amazon, I was now an author.

“Except that putting your book for sale on Amazon feels like dropping a single grain into a bag of rice — you need to paint it green or point it out, or else how will anyone distinguish it from the rest? So nothing happened. And I felt no different.”

Many of us have held the He-Man sword, hoping for instant transformation. We learn quickly it doesn’t happen like that. This article was published in The National Post on December 14, 2012, but I feel it still provides inspiration to those thinking about self-publishing or those who are already on the path. To read the rest of the article, go here Self-publishers Can’t Afford Humility: How my self-published book became a Canadian bestseller in six months.

Eleven Reasons to Love Outlines

I write free style. I tried to be a writer who outlines stories, but I failed miserably even though I know there are many benefits to outlining. My brain is simply not wired that way.

Nova Scotia author Sherry D. Ramsey wrote about these benefits recently. Although she is a self-confession non-outliner, she and her friend, Emily, provide good reasons why those who can outline should outline. You can read about it here at Eleven Reasons to Love Outlines.

How Significant are Audio Book Rights?

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The publishing industry—both traditional and non-traditional—is constantly changing. What was done only ten years ago may not be done now. One of those things is audio books. They have become extremely popular in the past five to eight years. I’ve never listened to one, but a few friends have been listening to them for a while. They love listening to them while they’re driving.

As an author—both traditionally or non-traditionally published—have you thought about the audio rights to your books? They may be worth more than you think.

Fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan, published by Del Rey, has thought a lot about the income from selling audio rights, so much so that he’s willing to part ways with a traditional publishing company to manage them.

You can read about this on Reddit where Sullivan explains Why Del Rey and I will be parting ways.

Recognising Your Genius

Where do our stories come from? What kinetic forces arrange the words we send forth for others to read? Do our stories come from our conscious state of mind or our subconscious? Do they even come from us, or do they visit in our moment of need? Is it in the form of energy, elves in the walls or a cloud of inspiration?

When I write and am truly in the zone, I write without much thought, typing away to get all the words on the screen as quickly as they form in my mind. When I reread these scenes later, I often can’t remember writing them. But if I didn’t write them, who or what did? Perhaps my genius did.

Separating ourselves from our creative spirits can protect us from failure and success. To learn more, listen to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, as she explains why many successful artists have been dying over the past few hundred years, and what we can do to save ourselves in the TED Talk Your Elusive Creative Genius. It will provide a new perspective on where stories come from and perhaps free the mind to continue to write.

5,000 Word Evaluation

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One thought on “Saturday Morning Briefs

  1. I loved your “recognizing your genius” section, I’ve looked at story outlines/ideas that I apparently wrote down years ago with not memory of doing so, some of them are even pretty good!


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