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Getting published! Sort of…

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Well the past few weeks have been hectic and they will continue to be, however i am looking forward to the next chapter in my life, quite literally!

I have decided that due to some of the changes in my life in the coming months that i will be putting my book to bed and self- publishing. I have had some first hand advice from a lovely friend of mine- (thanks Jules) who has incidentally already published a book- find it here following which i am now taking the great leap of faith and will have my book in my hand hopefully by the summer! I am very excited at the prospect but also petrified as i still have my college course to complete and a future to plan out given that i am leaving my current job at the end of the month.

As scary as this new step seems i…

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Self Publishing, writing


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Self-Publishing By The Numbers

Well done infographic about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.

Research your market, outline your book, section it into bite-size chunks, then work on it until it’s finished. It doesn’t have to be long, especially if it’s cheap. Check out Seth Godin’s books for an example of short and sweet. Just make sure your book delivers value on every page.

Once your feet are wet from your first eBook, you can finally get around to writing the novel you’ve been dreaming about!

Self-Publishing By The Numbers

Infographic by: Website

Though I’m a creative type, I’m also pretty obsessed with numbers and charts, so I found this to be a really interesting breakdown of self publishing vs. traditional.

If you just scan the article, it will probably seem like e-books and self-publishing are no brainers. You receive a larger portion of the profits, there’s no printing costs, and the risk is significantly lower. But there are a few key points here that may be overlooked:

  1. In the self-publishing vs. traditional book deal section, it shows that you’d have to sell almost 3000 books before earning $10k (the average book advance). Most people think, “3000 books? No problem!” but this infographic clearly shows that the average sale of books is around 150. Though we hear plenty of self-publishing success stories, the reality is, on average, self-published books sell less than traditionally published books. If your goal is to reach as many readers as possible, especially as a first-time novelist, you’re better off with a traditional publisher.
  2. I was happy to see that this demonstrated the higher cost for print books. When you’re with a traditional publisher, they have the ability to print and warehouse bulk orders of books. The more books you order, the less each costs, so the overall profit is significantly higher. But as most self-published authors will tell you, it’s all about the e-books.
  3. The e-book case study demonstrates some very appealing numbers. Who wouldn’t want to earn $24k a month? But what the case study neglects to highlight is that J.A. Konrath had a strong online following as a traditionally published author prior to transitioning to self-pubbing. I don’t forsee a newbie author, unless they’re some sort of celebrity, generating these types of numbers.

Feel free to share your thoughts or ask any questions you may have. It’s a lot of data, but I think overall, very informative.


This infographic was originally posted on The Digital Writer.


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Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. – Stephen King, “On Writing”

Daniel Maclise - Caxton Showing the First Specimen of His Printing to King Edward IV at the Almonry, Westminster

I bet this post would be immensely popular had one or two of my books been published by a major publisher—but I’m not there (yet). Or had I published one or two of my books myself, which ideally had been well-received—like Cristian Mihai, whose book “Jazz” I recommend. But I’m not there (yet) either.

So let’s assume that this will definitely happen in the future and that right now, I’m “writing ahead” as an investment.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in opinion & analysis, writing


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To Self, Publish?


One of the greatest moments when teaching is when you see the light flare up in a student’s eyes and you know they get it.  As a life-long student myself, I feel the same way whenever I learn something new and interesting.  It doesn’t have to be my field or speciality for me to learn or get excited.  Navigating the tricky road of self publishing, getting on a dedicated writing schedule, developing a thicker skin (just in case there are those who abhor the story), and working out new ideas for the next novel, I gravitate towards those who have experience.

An article I’ve just read about self publishing is very interesting, so I’ll share the link, “Self Publishing a Book:  25 Things You Need to Know.”




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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in writing


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