Kindle Scout: Day 1

First off: I swear I’m not going to do this every day.

So, how this works (because I don’t think I explained it overly well before): My novel is on Kindle Scout for the next 30 days.  You can head onto the page (link below) and read the first 5000-ish words of a 117 000 word novel.  To put that in perspective, it’ll be a little over 300 pages as a physical copy.  So there’s a lot more to read.  If you decide that you want to read the rest of it, nominate it for publishing!  Readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time.  If you have an Amazon account, you can read it.  You don’t need a Kindle reader or anything like that.  You’re also given a chance to review what you’ve seen so far.

The campaign ends on July 8th at 12 am and then the Kindle Scout team decide if they want to publish it as a full eBook and they look at nominations and the reviews as well (I’d imagine).  If they decide to accept it, it’ll be an eBook and anyone who nominated it will get a FREE copy.  If not, well, on to plan B.

Even if you don’t read eBooks, still check it out and see if it looks like something you’d be interested in reading, I will have physical copies available in a few months.  I’ll make a post when they’re available (and probably another about trying to figure out the website to make them, because from what I’ve heard it’s not as easy as it sounds) and let you know where or how to get a copy.  You can also contact me with any questions through the comments section here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

The link: Hunter’s Soul

Happy reading!

Hunter’s Soul RELEASE DATE!

HUGE NEWS!  So I am releasing Hunter’s Soul, my first novel, through Kindle Scout.  What this means is that readers will have 30 days and if you like what you see, then you can nominate it for publishing!  If the campaign goes through it will be available on Amazon as a full e-book and if not I have a backup plan so you’ll still be able to read it.

I am still planning on having print copies available this fall for people who prefer a physical book.

So, on June 8th, 2017 the campaign starts at 12 am ET or 1:30 am NLT or if you happen to live out in BC it’ll be June 7th at 9 pm!!!!

And most importantly it can be found here: Hunter’s Soul

The link will not work until the campaign starts.

Happy reading everyone!

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!

I AM GETTING PUBLISHED IN AN ANTHOLOGY!!!!!!

My first major writing thing!  I was waiting for the official announcement to post anything, and IT FINALLY CAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve known for a while, but the official announcement just makes it so much more official.

Here’s a link:

THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

If you can’t tell already, I’m SUPER EXCITED about this!!!  There are also established authors being featured who have a number of titles to their names, and someone thinks I’m a good enough writer to put up alongside them.  This is huge!

This is how big things start!  Next step: finish editing novel so I can send that off to get published…

New year, new goals.

So, it’s a new year, or slightly into a new year. And, probably like every aspiring author, I want this to be the year I get published and make it big. Of course, that’s a pretty big goal. More like an endgame, really: the fame and fortune of being the next J. K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, or Shakespeare. Personally I’m aiming for Shakespeare, as he was writing centuries ago and people are still reading and performing his works. I might as well dream big. Realistically though, my goals are more along the lines of ‘make it big enough to afford textbooks for a semester’. Although that in itself is a pretty big goal. I mean, just look at the cost of textbooks, it’s insane!
Anyway, to get back to the topic at hand…
I just really have to get on that whole editing thing, and stay on it. Maybe if I broke it into chunks, like a chapter every 3-5 days might work. Some might say even that’s a bit lazy, but I am a working student, and there are only so many hours in a day.
That gives me an idea for another post…
Anyway, I noticed I have over 300 hits from 5 or 6 countries, which is really cool. Thanks everyone who has wandered over to my little shadowy corner of the vast internet to have a look at my rambling, and I promise I’ll write more. Probably on anti-procrastination techniques for editing. Soon. Eventually. Someday… I’ll get around to it…

The Writer’s Choice

So, in every writer’s life comes a moment when they have to make a choice, and this choice will have a profound effect on their career. It’s not necessarily the easiest choice to make, because there are many pros and cons on both sides, and it’s best to make an informed decision, which does mean researching these two options. Of course, it is possible to try both and see what works best, but one must remember that things can go horribly awry.
Sick of my theatrics? Okay, okay, I’ll cave.
I’m talking about the choice between using a conventional publisher or self-publishing, which are both good options, but often people prefer one over the other. Conventional publishing is where you send it to a publisher like HarperCollins and they either accept or reject you. Self-Publishing is where you find a company that prints books and put in an order. Some offer packages. That one you have to pay for yourself.
There are ups and downs to both. Conventional you don’t have to pay anything (unless it’s a scam), but you have to bow down to the Powers That Be and possibly change stuff that you really don’t want to change. With self-publishing you run the show, but you have to pay for it all and hope you sell enough copies to make a profit. You also have to do all of your own marketing and promotion, and for someone starting out, this can be quite difficult. However, if you manage to find the right printing company, you can do it really cheap and get your friends and family to buy them for a start. And possibly shamelessly self-promote on a blog and hope that you’re reaching a wider audience than you think you are. You also won’t likely be able to get your books into major bookstores.
With conventional publishing, you have people who do all the work for you. They take a cut of the profit, but they do the marketing and get your books onto shelves and arrange book tours, pay for storage and actual printing. However, they tend to be very selective of who they accept, you have to meet certain criteria just to send your manuscript in, which as I know from experience, is actually a lot more difficult than it sounds. Moreover, especially for major publishers, you need to have an agent who represents you and acts as an intermediary. They also keep you from getting screwed, especially if you don’t know a lot. However, you also have to follow their submission guidelines and search around for the right one and you may be rejected, especially if you’re just starting out.
So really, there’s a lot to consider. I will be reporting back to this later one, when I actually gain experience and can give more details. Anyone who does have experience, please feel free to post in the comments!